Monterey Pop Festival – Concert Program (Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Etc.)

A very rare concert program from the Monterey International Pop Festival, held June 16-18, 1967 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Monterey Pop was arguably the most important rock festival ever–the seminal rock event of the “Summer of Love”. If you’ve seen the film, you know the story. Jimi Hendrix smashing and burning his guitar in his first US concert; The Who destroying their instruments amid explosions during their their third West Coast show (the first and second days before), Janis Joplin and Big Brother playing a set so powerful that they were signed to Columbia Records right afterward, The Grateful Dead playing to their largest crowd to date, and Moby Grape in their first non-Bay Area concert appearances, Otis Redding performing for the first time in front of a mostly white audience, David Crosby subbing for Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield–a pivotal event in the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Laura Nyro’s concert debut–and so many more historic firsts.

The deluxe perfect bound program features 82 pages of color and black and white photographs, essays, festival information and even a full page unique piece of art created specifically for the program by The Beatles (who didn’t attend). There are full pages devoted to performers including Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Donovan, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones (the last two didn’t appear) and many others.

We obtained this from an attendee, who had kept this in his collection for 50 years. In excellent condition overall, with very little wear to the covers and a bit of foxing to the inside pages, but clean overall. A wonderful and unique artifact from this historic concert.

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