Criterion Sunday 167: The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

This box set collects the 1968 documentary Monterey Pop with two shorter pieces culled from outtakes and released in 1986, Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey. All are taken from footage shot at the June 1967 Monterey Pop festival, and even aside from the two shorter stand-alone pieces, there’s several hours of unused concert footage, a lot of which is for bands who perhaps are not quite as well known anymore (if they ever were), some of which was not used because some of the set is missing, and some of which just gives more tunes by acts who already feature in the main documentary (most notably, and perhaps to my ears the best, being the Mamas and the Papas). There are also contemporaneous audio interviews with key figures, an audio commentary by Pennebaker, and (on the latest release) a short film by Richard Leacock called Chiefs.

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