Monterey Pop: Rock's Legendary Festival

Open 2010 - 2010

The Monterey Pop Festival, held in June of 1967, was a completely innovative and monumentally influential event in American cultural history. Considered the premiere rock festival, rock movie and rock charity benefit and all a full two years before Woodstock, the Monterey International Pop Festival brought together artists of different styles, races and ages. From Ravi Shankar to Otis Redding to the Grateful Dead, the Festival was a gathering point for a generation, and the apotheosis of the “Summer of Love.” The Rock Hall’s exhibit opened on July 25 with a special lecture by Monterey Pop founder and famed producer Lou Adler.

Exhibit Highlights:
The exhibit, which is on display in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibit Hall, is made possible because of the generous donations from Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker. Among the expansive collection of artifacts, the following are included:

· Telegrams from Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and The Who regarding their attendance in the festival
· List of security guards for the show that includes a young carpenter named Harrison Ford
· Stage plots for the show
· Paul Simon’s guitar
· The dress that Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas wore at their headlining appearance
· Pennebaker’s movie camera
· Various photographs that capture the essence of Monterey International Pop Festival

Exhibit Details