The Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/10/2011
This historically significant Monterey International Pop Festival archive features photographs from the original negatives. Monterey Pop epitomizes the “Summer of Love,” during three far out sunny days and balmy nights-- June 16, 17, and 18, 1967, Monterey Pop changed the course of popular music. There was before Jimi, the Who, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding and then there was after. Nobody in America had ever seen anyone destroy their instruments, no white woman had ever sung the blues as black as Janis Joplin. Mama Cass remarked that Janis was the first woman she ever saw perform without a bra. Monterey Pop’s big guitar footprint reverberated, transforming the music and the music business. The San Francisco sound ascended. Peace, love, flowers and spiked punch. This rare never- before- published or distributed archive focuses on Jimi Henrix: and includes three 10 x 15 color photographs of Jimi Hendrix preparing to set his guitar on fire, there is also an incredible 8 x 10 b&w photo of Jimi at the microphone looking young (24) and vulnerable, a brief three years later on September 18, 1970, he would be gone.
The Who: one 10 x 15 color photo of the Who’s finale with Pete Townshend thrashing his guitar, an 8 x 10 b&w photograph of Who drummer Keith Moon (Moonie lived til 1978), and a color copy of Kit Lambert’s May 3, 1967, Western Union telegram confirming the Who accepted the festival's offer to perform and detailing reimbursement for their travel expenses including five first class plane tickets. Janis Joplin gave a performance many considered the Festival’s finest. Three years later on October 4, 1970, she was found dead and alone in her motel room at the Hollywood Landmark. "Needle and the damage done." There are four 8 x 10 color photographs of Janis Joplin performing on stage, three are in color and one is black and white, two 5 x 7 photographs of Janis on stage, one in color and one in black and white, and a color copy of the May 18, 1967, Western Union telegram confirming the participation of Big Brother and the Holding Company in the festival. Grace Slick: Also included in this archive is a 4.25 x 5 “inner neg” of Grace Slick and a color copy of their manager Bill Graham’s April 21, 1967, Western Union telegram graciously accepting the invitation for the Airplane to perform at the Festival. Brian Jones: Brian flew in from London for the event that his manager Andrew Loog Oldham was key in organizing along with Derek Taylor, and the Festival’s co-directors Papa John Phillips and Lou Adler. The 10 x 15 color photograph of Rolling Stone Brian Jones captures him strolling among the crowd at the Monterey Fairgrounds clothed as a medieval prince in a tunic and embroidered velvet robe, and an 8 x10 b&w original contact sheet shot by photographer Lisa Law which features Brian Jones’ “date” Nico, Mickey Dolenz and Tiny Tim. Brian passed on July 5, 1969. In Jim Morrison's "An Ode to LA While Thinking of Brian Jones,Deceased," he writes, "I hope you went out smiling like a child into the cool remnant of a dream." Ironically Jim died on the same date two years later, July 5, 1971. Completing the archive is a 4 x 7 color print of the Monterey International Pop Festival logo. Excellent condition. Comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity.
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