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Monterey Pop....45 years ago

I remember what I was doing exactly 45 years ago this weekend, I was hitchhiking up Hwy 101 from my home in San Mateo to the Monterey Peninsula. It was a huge music event billed as the "Monterey Pop Festival". It was the first of it's kind, and would be the template for Woodstock, 2 years later. My friend and I were lucky enough to make it down to Monterey to see the most incredible roster of SF Bands, LA Bands, International acts and lots of good vibes. The scene was mellow and absolutely perfect. It was casual, naive, innocent and a freaking good time. It's the first real glimmer of what was to come. Janis did an amazing set, so good, they asked her to come back the next night so they could get it all on film. Otis Redding showered the crowd with his love and gritty soul, the Who exploded and Jimi Hendrix just stunned everyone. For one weekend in 1967, the promise of the Woodstock generation was conceived on the Monterey Peninsula. Happy Birthday Monterey Pop..45 years ago, hard to believe it all really happened. 

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06/12/2012 11:23AM
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