D.A. Pennebaker / US, 1969 / 78 min.
Introduction by Jonathan Gill. He teaches Humanities at Amsterdam University College and is the author of "Harlem: The Four-Hundred Year History, From Dutch Village to Capital of Black America" (Grove/Atlantic 2011) and the forthcoming “Our Man in Hollywood: The True Story of Boris Morros, The Hollywood Double-Agent Who Broke the Cold War’s Most Notorious Espionage Ring” (Norton, 2019)
Pete Townshend hurling away his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar, Janis Joplin as a roaring lioness on stage wowing the crowd, happy hippies shouting: 'It will be a love-in ... like Easter, Christmas and your birthday all at once!' – this enthralling pop festival film is loaded with legendary footage. Also starring Otis Redding, the Mamas and the Papas, The Who, Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Byrds.
a new era
One fine June weekend in 1967 at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival heralded a new era in pop music. Using his characteristic direct cinema style, D. A. Pennebaker immortalised all the glorious moments together with his camera crew, which included illustrious names like Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock.
Fifty years ago, students, factory workers and filmmakers challenged the Establishment, from Paris to Mexico City, carrying not only bricks but also agile and light 16mm cameras.