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
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