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Monterey Pop Festival, 1967

Big Brother and the Holding Company

Big Brother and the Holding Company's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival was so powerful, the festival organizers hastily provided a second performing slot for the band to ensure it was captured by D.A. Pennebaker's film crew. Janis Joplin's performance of "Ball and Chain" was a small part of the energy and power of that performance, but it was a major part of helping them to get signed to Columbia Records later that year. Established artists such as Cass Elliot stared in jaw-dropping wonder as Joplin delivered a blues-soaked performance.

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Rarely does a performer debut as a fully formed artist. The Jimi Hendrix Experience's appearance at Monterey instantly placed the group as the most incendiary in rock and roll and made a legend of Hendrix.

Otis Redding

Backed by fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Booker T. and the MG's, Otis Redding put on a devastating set of soul music, some of the finest of its day. Redding was riding a wave of success at the time, but he was known primarily to African-American audiences. Monterey put him in front of the largest white audience of his career to date, and the crowd went crazy. Redding died just six months later, and the performance is one of the high water marks of his career.

 

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Otis Redding at Monterey Pop, 1967.

Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, "Ball and Chain," Monterey, 1967.

Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, "Combination of the Two," Monterey, 1967.

Brian Jones introduces Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Foxy Lady," Monterey, 1967.

The Who's Pete Townshend talks about Hendrix's performance; followed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Rock Me Baby," Monterey, 1967.

Performances from the Monterey Pop Festival not released on the original documentary by D.A. Pennebaker.

Archival Collections

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  • Elaine Mayes Photographs
    Ten black-and-white photographs taken by Mayes at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival of Cass Elliot, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, John and Michelle Phillips, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, and Simon Garfunkel, as well as an image of a police officer working the festival.
  • Henry Diltz Photographs
    Images of Simon and Garfunkel and the Who from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
  • Herb Staehr Collection
    Audio recordings from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
  • John Platt Collection
    Audio and video of performances from the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
  • Kathleen Mackay Research Papers
    Includes a copy of the Monterey International Pop Festival Annual, 1967.
  • Education Department Programming
    Includes video from American Music Masters 2009, Kosmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin, where filmmaker John Byrne Cook was interviewed; as well as a symposium on Joplin with music promoter and director Chet Helms, Rolling Stone editor Holly George-Warren, Janis’ sister Laura Joplin, and Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist Sam Andrew.
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