Wild-hearted visionaries and artists including musician John Philipps of the Mamas & the Papas made history 50 years ago with a groundbreaking 3-day festival, the Monterey International Pop Festival. It was held on June 16-18, 1967 and served as the model for festivals in the US including Woodstock and Coachella with 30 plus artists/musicians both known and upcoming playing different varieties of music over the weekend. The popular acts of the day such as The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane shared the stage with newcomers like Janis Joplin and Ravi Shankar. It was also where the US audience was introduced to The Who and Jimi Hendrix from England. The latter literally lit up his act as seen here:
The Monterey International Pop Festival was not just the first pop-rock-eclectic music event in history but also a landmark event of the counterculture era and Summer of Love.
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The official website for the full lineup and its very interesting history which has rock and roll roots:
The first festival's theme song, now world-famous San Francisco tune:
You can see the article Billboard published about how it set the stage for festivals that followed:
Cool shades and big smiles from festival goers at the venue for MIPF, Monterey Country Fairgrounds via IG:
Another happy festival attendee 'peacing out' via IG:
Poster power at MIPF:
Monterey Pop Fest's weekend Tweets:
Jim James totally pink'd for the festival to the crowd's delight.
Flower power and peace at Monterey County Fairgrounds this weekend with the 3-day festival.