Montery Pop Festival: Sorry, This VW Bus Has Pulled Away
Forty years ago, the Monterey Pop festival in California united big names like The Who, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to play in what has been called the world's first rock festival. Artists donated their time for free and Americans everywhere watched it on television if they couldn't make it. Sounds unrepeatable, right? Tell that to promoter Andrew Hernandez, who is mounting a "Monterey Pop Summer of Love" show July 28 and 29 to pay tribute to that memorable concert, which has already been captured in a concert film.
Unfortunately, time has passed since the 1960s. Jefferson Airplane is no more, there's only one Mama left and no Papas, and it would take a lot of money to get Simon to speak to Garfunkel again. Try one of the concert's heirs, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. After all, Big Brother and the Holding Company might have played with Janis, but there's no way they could replace her. Instead of being at the homage to the precursor to Woodstock, be proud to say you were at the next big music festival.
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