Τρίτη, 6 Μαΐου 2008

Monterey Dreaming...


Held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California, the festival was planned by record producer Lou Adler, singers Michelle Phillips and John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, producer Alan Pariser, and publicist Derek Taylor. The festival board included members of The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
Monterey was a big event even by today's standards -- daily attendance peaked at 50,000, and over 200,000 people in total attended throughout the three days -- yet there were no deaths, no injuries, no overdoses, no violence and no arrests. The Monterey Deputy Chief of Police was quoted as saying "We've had more trouble at PTA conventions".The festival's only major "no-show" was the last minute cancellation by The Beach Boys, who were also closely involved in arranging the festival. Although it is now a matter for speculation, it can be argued that an appearance at Monterey, performing their newer repertoire like "Good Vibrations", would have been a crucial step forward in their transition from surf-pop pinups to serious rock band.
Although the Monterey Pop Festival was the scene of many pop "firsts," perhaps the most important fact about it was the organizers' far-sighted decision to film and record the entire festival.They hired Wally Heider's mobile studio to record all the performances on eight-track tape, and engaged noted filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker to film the proceedings. It was an enormously fortunate conjunction. Heider's mobile studio gave them access to the best remote recording equipment then available, thanks to which many albums' worth of material have since been released. In Pennebaker (who had recently made the legendary Dylan documentary Don't Look Back) they had perhaps the best documentary film-maker of his time, someone who had both a genuine interest in and understanding of popular music as well as access to newly-developed portable 16mm color cameras equipped to record synchronized sound. By thus capturing the many magical moments for posterity, the Monterey Pop Festival's organizers ensured its immortality...

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