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Radical Southwest: Monterey Pop

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The perfect, fortuitous match-up between rock and cinema … Purpose, innovation, and exuberance combusted.” –Armond White

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival captured a decade’s spirit and ushered in a new era of rock and roll. Among the performers: Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. D. A. Pennebaker captured it all in vérité style, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his. (U.S., 1967, 78m, Janus Films)

7p Wednesday, July 12