This historic festival became the blueprint for all others and to this day has never been equaled
Very rare handbill and ticket order form for the Monterey International Pop Festival, held June 16-18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California. The tri-fold handbill measures 4 x 9 closed, and features a listing of performing artists, notes for those planning to attend, a diagram of the stage and seating sections, and a mail-in ticket order form. Among the acts listed are Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Simon and Garfunkel, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Canned Heat, The Beach Boys, Booker T & the MG's, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Blues Project, The Mamas and the Papas, and The Who. The notes for those planning to attend truly capture the spirit of the 'Summer of Love,' reading, in part, "Be happy, be free; wear flowers, bring bells—have a festival," and "Come as you please, wear what you like. Dress as wild as you choose." In fine condition.
A seminal festival that kicked off the 1967 'Summer of Love,' the Monterey Pop Festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin, and the introduction of Otis Redding to a white audience. The influential event became an inspiration and a template for future music festivals, including Woodstock two years later.