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July 31, 2015

26 Rare Black and White Photos of The Monterey Pop Music Festival in 1967

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Crowd estimates for the festival have ranged from 25,000-90,000 people, who congregated in and around the festival grounds.

The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin and the introduction of Otis Redding to a large, predominantly white audience.

The Monterey Pop Festival embodied the theme of California as a focal point for the counterculture and is generally regarded as one of the beginnings of the "Summer of Love" in 1967; the first rock festival had been held just one week earlier at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival. Because Monterey was widely promoted and heavily attended, featured historic performances, and was the subject of a popular theatrical documentary film, it became an inspiration and a template for future music festivals, including the Woodstock Festival two years later.

The performers' lounge backstage

Two unidentified girls backstage

Bruce Barthol (bass), Barry "The Fish" Melton (lead guitar)

Country Joe McDonald sings to the camera

Barry "The Fish" Melton strums up a storm

David Bennett Cohen

Country Joe McDonald tunes his guitar

Gary "Chicken" Hirsh plays the drums

Country Joe and the Fish playing

Peter Tork receives a gift of a "Sticky Wicket" candle

Peter Tork clowns around with his candle

Peter Tork shows off his candle to his friends

Someone tries to steal the candle from Peter Tork

Unidentified performer consoles Peter Tork

Janis Joplin belts out a song for the crowd

Janis Joplin encourages the crowd to clap

Michelle Phillips of the "Mommas and the Poppas"

Michelle Phillips, Mama Cass Elliot and John Phillips

Scott McKenzie singing

Visitors to the "Sticky Wicket" candle booth

David Bennett Cohen

Mich Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jimi Hendrix with "The Jimi Hendrix Experience"

D.A. Pennybaker films Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix plays with his back to the audience

Jimi Hendrix ends a fine set


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