Monterey Pop Festival Tickets, Program, and Business Card

HENDRIX, Jimi, Otis Redding, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, et al)

Published by Monterey Pop Festival Inc, [Monterey, California], 1967
Condition: Near Fine
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Collection of items from the Monterey Pop Festival, including four concert tickets, measuring 3.5" x 1.25"; two business cards, measuring 3.5" x 4"; and a quarto, 80-page full-color event program perfectbound in stiff paper wrappers. The tickets and business card are fine, while the program is near fine with very minor wear at the extremities. The legendary three-day Monterey Pop Festival, held in Monterey, California on June 16-18, 1967, included a lineup of classic rock performers second only to Woodstock. It is considered by some music historians as an even more important event: it kicked off the Summer of Love, was the first widely promoted and heavily attended rock festival, featured a particularly diverse group of performers, and was an early model of benefit concerts to follow (almost all the musicians performed for free, with all proceeds donated to a charitable foundation). Highlights of the festival included The Who at their first West Coast appearance (stunning the audience with their instrument demolition finale); Jimi Hendrix playing his first major U.S. show and the now iconic moment of setting his guitar on fire (Hendrix had literally lost a coin toss to Pete Townshend and thus had to out-do the British band with even more grandiose destruction); Buffalo Springfield appearing with David Crosby (filling in for Neil Young); an incredible performance by Janis Joplin with Big Brother that lead to the band being signed to Columbia Records; Otis Redding gaining his first exposure to a mainstream white audience (only six months before his death in a plane crash); and Ravi Shankar's afternoon-long performance which introduced the sitar to a larger audience. Other notable performers included Eric Burdon and The Animals, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Miller Band, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & the Papas (whose leader John Phillips had helped organize the festival), and The Grateful Dead. The four tickets included here are unused front-row seats, labeled "stage front," for performances held on Friday, Saturday, and two different times on Sunday. The two double-sided business cards are from concert producer Alan Pariser, who first dreamed up the idea of the festival, with the address for the festival's office and its logo and artwork featuring Pan playing his flute. The event program is filled with editorials, advertisements, illustrations, and photographs of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, and Otis Redding, as well as several other performers who did not appear (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys), but who placed ads in support of the festival. This includes full-page artwork by The Beatles made specially for the program (Paul McCartney had also arranged for the booking of Hendrix and The Who at the festival). Also sprinkled throughout are essays from various musicians, critics, and music industry insiders including Leonard Bernstein, Jan Wenner, Bob Shelton, Derek Taylor, Peter Tork, and others commenting on the forthcoming festival. A wonderful collection of items from the first major pop music festival. Bookseller Inventory # 365778

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Title: Monterey Pop Festival Tickets, Program, and ...

Publisher: Monterey Pop Festival Inc, [Monterey, California]

Publication Date: 1967

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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