I should point out that these shows are from 2007, so every time I say 40 years just think 45, lol!
The idea for this series was inspired by Uncle Shag of the Longtown Sound Podcast, when he just happened to send me some music from the Festival I had never heard before.
It turns out that this weekend marks the anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, held June 16-18, 1967.
Now to give you some perspective, this was the beginning of the famous Summer Of Love, and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper was barely 2 weeks old.
And I was beginning to be consumed by this wonderful music, the likes of which I had never heard before.
We will begin with members of the Jefferson Airplane talking about their experiences at Monterey, and go right into a couple of songs by them.
One of them, High Flyin’ Bird, would be released later on the marvelous LP, Mixed Bag by Richie Havens- an album that, well…changed my life!
We’ll have some Jimi Hendrix Experience, who blew everyone away with their 1st major concert appearance in America.
I will read you the roster of artists for the entire Festival weekend.
And it should be pointed out that, unlike Woodstock, these artists were NOT PAID, the proceeds went to non-profit organizations- with the exception of Ravi Shankar who got $3,000.
Very spiritual Ravi, lol!
Here's the link to the first of the great Rock Festivals, and all things considered, probably the best, at WLSO.FM: