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Woodstock? Monterey!

Posted on: August 9, 2009

You sure have noticed, this year the 40th anniversary of the famous Woodstock Festival was celebrated. Around the world millions and billions of people know the event and know the brand “Woodstock”, but lesser people know that there was two years earlier another festival in Monterey, the Monterey Pop Festival. In 1967 the who-is-who of the international pop scene met in Monterey. Next to headline events like “The Mamas and the Papas” or “Simon and Garfunkel” there were playin some fresh and new acts, like the until than not very well known Jimi Hendrix. Some say this was the beginning of the hippie movement, but like always in history, it´s hard to say when the exactly boiling point of a movement was. But it´s a fact that for the history of music, the Monterey Pop Festival is as important as Woodstock. Today I selected the live footage of the famous Otis Redding. One of the most impressive live acts I have seen. Even via youtube you can feel the energy of his music. So enjoy the show and keep an eye on the footage material of the Monterey Pop Festival, don´t miss the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who. The french-german public broadcaster arte aired two years ago live footage from the festival, so maybe you will find it somewhere. If you liked the Woodstock footage, you will love the Monterey footage.
Otis Redding died in the same year, when he and four members of his background band “The Bar Kayes” died in a plane accident in december 1967. There are rumours that Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding planned to make a record together, after Jimi heard of the dead of Otis he destroyed all session tapes of them. What a big lost for the music world.

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