This director-approved special edition Criterion Collection contains four performance films by legendary documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker from the unforgettable 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Titles included are MONTEREY POP, JIMI PLAYS MONTEREY, SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY, and MONTEREY POP: THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES.
MONTEREY POP: This documentary features live performances, behind-the-scenes and audience footage, and other selections from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, which was considered to be the forerunner to Woodstock. The concert was organized by Alan Pariser, an L.A. rock scenester; John Phillips, singer for the Mamas and the Papas; and Lou Adler, a record producer, along with a board of musicians such as Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Donovan, Brian Wilson, and Smokey Robinson. Performers include Simon and Garfunkel, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, and Jefferson Airplane, among many others.
JIMI PLAYS MONTEREY: A filmmaking legend meets a rock legend in this fantastic historical concert video. Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker captures master guitarist Jimi Hendrix on film at what has become one of his most renowned performances. Most fans will recognize the image that has produced a thousand posters--the red-and-orange-clad Jimi passionately setting his guitar on fire and watching it burn, with an exultant look on his face. More than just a concert film, JIMI PLAYS MONTEREY is an iconic record of 1960s rock.
SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY: Pennebaker captures Otis Redding in his prime at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, performing such hits as "Try a Little Tenderness," "Shake," "Respect," "Satisfaction," and "I've Been Loving You Too Long."
MONTEREY POP: THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES: This rock document features more than two hours of performances not included in the original MONTEREY POP film. Artists include Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Who, the Mama and the Papas, and many more.