JIMI PLAYS MONTEREY (1986) [Feature]

USA (MIFF 1987 )
Director: D. A. Pennebaker

In 1967, D. A. Pennebaker pioneered the rock documentary with Monterey Pop. The Monterey Festival, a precursor to Woodstock, introduced Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to the American public. Hendrix, who died only three years after Monterey, became one of the most influential guitarists in rock history. In Monterey Pop, 'Wild Thing' showed off all his performance props - playing with his teeth, setting the guitar on fire... More importantly, it displayed his extraordinary fusion of white rock 'n roll, black rhythm and blues, jazz, and feedback. D. A. Pennebaker has now compiled the entire set Hendrix performed that night in 1967. He also follows the young Hendrix to London where he forms a new band, and chronicles the events leading up to the Monterey Festival. Supporting Jimi Plays Monterey is D. A. Pennebaker's film of Otis Redding at Monterey titled Shake, Otis Monterey.

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