MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL – JUNE 16-18, 1967 – TIMH

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Ludwig Yards's picture

Great stuff there, Whoa. When I get my time machine fixed, this is one of the events I'm gonna go see in person. And to think that the Stones, Kinks and Dylan could have been there too. Wow. That's crazy that only two acts were paid for their appearance too.

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Hovenaut's picture

Swing over to Maryland with that time machine Ludwig...Monterey Pop is one of those before my time moments I'd love to have the chance to experience.

This is a great entry, Whoa - wasn't aware of some of the particulars with Otis Redding.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Fantastic write up WN. For me whenever I hear about this festival the first thing that comes to my mind is the Animals song "Monterey", which was probably where I first heard about the festival seeing as I wasn't alive when it happened.

That said though I actually didn't know many details about it so found this one pretty interesting. Lots of great details as always and as always I know more than I did before reading.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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Whoa Nellie's picture

I'll go with you, LY.

I've never heard the Airplane sound better than this live.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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John Cooper's lucky pig's picture

While Woodstock is more widely known, it can be argued that if there were no Monterey there would have been no Woodstock. 

The director of the documentary was just coming off a terrific movie about Bob Dylan called Don't Look Back and he also worked with David Bowie and John Lennon.

Otis, my man.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

You're exactly right, Gen'l.

Another interesting bit of Monterey Pop trivia: Neil Young had just left the Buffalo Springfield and was replaced for that show by David Crosby.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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Seattle Linga's picture

That line up is a Who's Who in the music industry. 

One great band followed by another.

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Especially that Sunday night threesome. Pretty good sandwich there. Gotta have some really good bread, but, it's all about what's inside. :-)

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Seattle Linga's picture

That didn't get the pub it should have - I'll tell ya!!!!!!!!!!

Great article Whoa 

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

I dunno Grateful seems like a little bit of a meatless sandwich to me

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Gratefulbuck's picture

You really need to study your pebbles. 

Besides, why are you calling me a sandwich?

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Why would I study pebbles? Do you think I am a Geologist or something?

No one is calling you a sandwich. Don't be silly.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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Gratefulbuck's picture

I told you yesterday, if someone picks on me I'll respond with some picking. Here's an online tutorial.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=00QdrA4AubM

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Adjusted for inflation, $21 to $46 for the three day ticket. Times have changed.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

That enduring image of Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire and worshipping it, to me, is the single most iconic image in rock music history. It symbolizes so much but also is just freaking cool as hell to watch.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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John Cooper's lucky pig's picture

I think you might be right. There are quite a few images that are forever seared into my brain but Hendrix kneeling before the altar might be the best.

This is an interesting thing to ponder.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Pretty sure I know which one you ponder to the most. 

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Love this quote from the wiki article

[The Monkees were the biggest-selling musical act in the United States in 1967 and were seriously considered to play, but after weeks of deliberation, John Phillips and Lou Adler decided not to invite them. However, group members Micky Dolenz (in full American Indian buckskins and headdress) and Peter Tork attended the festival and mingled with musicians backstage. Tork was asked to introduce Buffalo Springfield, his favorite group, for their set. Tork also introduced Lou Rawls and was involved in a bizarre incident where he walked out onstage in the middle of the Grateful Dead's set to try to stop fans from climbing on stage and dancing. As well as, to inform the crowd that The Beatles were not at the festival in disguise.]

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JLBNYC's picture

One of your best Whoa!  And a great choice. Very well done and informative, as usual. 

My dad owned this album and it was one of the first rock albums i listened to:

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Is it just me that thinks Michael Jackson stole some of his outfit ideas from Jimi?

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c11058's picture

JLBNYC...Upvote for the Simon and Garfunkel segment.  They are a like a priceless musical gem in my generation!  

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Note worthy. Bob Weir was a mere 19 years old at this festival. 

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Whoa Nellie's picture

50th anniversary of this seminal event in rock history. A restored version of Pennebaker's documentary film will be shown in theaters across the country on Friday.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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Seattle Linga's picture

Someone is up late - nice work Whoa

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Hovenaut's picture

Mornin', WN - 50 years - kicking off the summer of love.

Woodstock seems to be the more remembered musical gathering, but if I had to choose I'd seriously consider MPF.

Thanks for the update, good sir.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Hovenaut's picture

In another time...

How you doing? Everything went ok yesterday?

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Easy shmeasy. Thanks for asking. One very small polyp. Nothing doc was too worried about. I'll find out more after follow up. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Good to go, I had the same.

Nearly forgot to check back, got some scorn from the wife and MIL. Good reminder that it isn't all about me.

Glad things went well, here's to the all clear.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Seattle Linga's picture

We can do what we want - we're Mods

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Pffffft

Only until your Term Limit expires

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Seattle Linga's picture

I'll still be around and a MOD long after you are here bud

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

*Eye roll* @ SL

Ohio, the greatest state in the Union!

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Hovenaut's picture

Another band that never seemed to get their due. 

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Ludwig Yards's picture

'Blind Owl' Wilson's death in 1970 may have had some effect on that. He, of course, was 27 when he died. Hendrix would die two weeks later and Joplin 2 weeks after that, also aged 27. 

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Hovenaut's picture

And Morrison the following year...

Awful start to the 70's, and that stupid club was born.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Did he have a white lighter in his pocket?

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Thedrw's picture

A little Lou Rawls trivia...He and his family split the last few years of his life in Arizona, LA, and for some reason in Green, OH. For those unfamiliar (I would assume most of you) with Green, it is a rather unassuming city at the intersection of the Akron and Canton suburbs. For those familiar with the area, Rawls lived in one of the modestly nice neighborhoods near Mayfair golf course. Green (and its next door neighbor New Franklin) have the distinction of having been rated the two most boring cities in Ohio recently. It's not a bad place to live (I have lived there for 20+ years), but why a world renowned recording artist would choose to live here is beyond me.

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Ludwig Yards's picture

According to this, Mrs. Nina Rawls grew up in that area and went to Akron Springfield HS. Could explain why they resided there part of the time. 

http://www.lourawls.com/final_frameset.html

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Thedrw's picture

Aw, that makes sense...Springfield is another next door neighbor to Green.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Makes me want to make a lil trip down to Monterey county. Too bad I wasn't out here 49 years ago cause that would be been an amazing lineup.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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Hovenaut's picture

Nice way to start the new week bump.

And Happy 76th! Birthday to Sir Paul McCartney.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Every time I burn my food in the kitchen I think of Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire and worshipping it. I even do the little hand gesture he does. Burn baby burn lol.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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jpfbucks01's picture

The lineups for these Festivals back in the 60's were often amazing

A couple months after this one, there was one in Newport that had among others: The Byrds, ISteppenwolf, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Chambers Brothers Band, Iron Butterfly, The James Cotton Blues Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Newport Jazz Fest in 1969 had Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, 10 Years After, Blood Seat and Tears, James Brown and Jethro Tull

Possibly the most spectacular line up is the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music from Bath UK in 1970

The lineup included:

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, Steppenwolf and Johnny Winter among many others

Zeppelin played for 3 hours and had 5 encores.

If not that one it was the Isle of Wight Fest that included: Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, The Doors, The Moody Blues, The Who, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, Joni MItchell, Jethro Tull, Sly and The Family Stone, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Free, 10 Years After, Redbone, Kris Kristofferson, Supertramp, Procul Harum, Rory Gallagher and Taste, Mungo Jerry, John Sebastian, Donovan, Richie Havens and Leonard Cohen among many others

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

That Bath Festival lineup was totally ridiculous.

Ive often heard that the Isle of Wight Festival is considered an even greater rock music festival than even Woodstock and Monterey. Maybe even the greatest rock music show ever put on. 

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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