Forty-five years ago today, if you were one of the thousands in Monterey who were clued in enough to what was really going on in modern music Stockhausen notwithstanding you witnessed a pantheon of pop delivered in living stereo. Canned Heat, Big Brother & the Holding Company, The Steve Miller Band, Hugh Masekela, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding. All on one day! For those who weren't with-it enough to be there, the Monterey Pop Festival was filmed by documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and tonight's 45th-anniversary screening of Monterey Pop will be attended by festival impresario Lou Adler and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, the band that concluded the festival. Adler recently remarked to Variety
that the staying power of Monterey remains because of all the "iconic musical performances" which would really come in handy for, say, festival also-rans Beverly, or The Paupers (hey, you try living off the royalties from "If I Call You by Some Name"). In those halcyon days of that loving summer, no one could have dreamed what was going to happen later: Vietnam, Manson, Woodstock, Freedom Rock. Everything at Monterey Pop was new, good and great promise fulfilled for once, at least. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; Sun., June 17, 7 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Sun., June 17, 7 p.m., 2012