While it didn't contain the massive line-up that Woodstock touted, the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 was the event where two of the greatest images to define rock history would occur: The Who obliterating their equipment and Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar ablaze during "Wild Thing." As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.\nThanks to The Criterion Collection, this documentary shot by D.A. Pennebaker is available today. Whether it be Otis Redding's wildly entertaining soul set or the hypnosis-inducing sitar wizardry of Ravi Shankar, every passing minute captures something uniquely exciting that no festival nowadays possesses: the birth of music that would change a nation and shape a generation.\nJanis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel and plenty more are showcased here. Sure you could purchase the DVDs individually, but if you call yourself a rock fan and don't own the three-disc set, you're certainly committing blasphemy.
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