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Monterey Pop Festival '67

In everyone's life comes a moment of clarity and purpose when all the tumblers in the cosmic lock fall into place and everything becomes crystal clear. For me this was the weekend of June 16th 1967. The photographs on this page are a look back in time to that magical weekend when some aof the greatest artists on planet Earth came together to create an event that has never been repeated to this day. It was not about any political agenda, or any social upheavel, it was about the music. From the fire and brimstone of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, to the haunting sitar of Ravi Shankar, everyone was transfixed by the entire vibe of that weekend. The City of Monterey put the entire police force on high alert for any trouble, by Saturday afternoon over half of them were sent home. The producers of The Monterey Pop Festival, Lou Adler and John Phillips put the entire festival together in SIX WEEKS. They had no cell phones, no computers, no fax machines, no Twitter, or Instagram. All they had was landline telephones with rotary dials and Western Union telegrams. That's quite a feat. If you would like to know the complete story about the festival, my photographs are featured in the book by Harvey Kubernik, A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the International Monterey Pop Festival, available on Amazon.com. These photos are very personal to me. I've had them for almost 50 years, and now I'd like to share them with you. As you browse through them, take a minute and imagine the sights, the sounds, the love and harmony on that magical weekend so long ago...


Monterey Jazz Festival '67

The Monterey Jazz Festival is not the largest Jazz Festival in the world, but it is the longest continually running Jazz Festival, having it's beginning in 1958. It has come along way since then, showcasing some of the world's greatest artists at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, an intimate, beautiful, Oak studded, park with luxurious lawns, and shady groves to relax and listen to the worlds greatest artists. The list of performers is a lexicon of Jazz greats, Billie Holliday, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones, and literally hundreds more. As you walk through the Fairgrounds during the Jazz Festival it takes on a Mardi Gras atmosphere. The smell of BBQ ribs, chicken, and lots of other ethnic food wafts through the air, as people walking around, many in costumes, from all over the world and all walks of life. As the lights dim in the Main Arena on Friday night there is an air of anticipation and excitement as the curtain opens and we are all transported into the realm of world class Jazz...


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The Monterey Jazz Festival is not the largest Jazz Festival in the world, but it is the longest continually running Jazz Festival, having it's beginning in 1958. It has come along way since then, showcasing some of the world's greatest artists at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, an intimate, beautiful, Oak studded, park with luxurious lawns, and shady groves to relax and listen to the worlds greatest artists. The list of performers is a lexicon of Jazz greats, Billie Holliday, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones, and literally hundreds more. As you walk through the Fairgrounds during the Jazz Festival it takes on a Mardi Gras atmosphere. The smell of BBQ ribs, chicken, and lots of other ethnic food wafts through the air, as people walking around, many in costumes, from all over the world and all walks of life. As the lights dim in the Main Arena on Friday night there is an air of anticipation and excitement as the curtain opens and we are all transported into the realm of world class Jazz...