Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding arrived at California's Monterey International Pop Festival virtually unknown. Returning stateside from London, where he had moved to launch his musical career, Hendrix exploded onstage, flooring an unsuspecting audience with his maniacal six-string pyrotechnics. Redding, a venerable star of Memphis's Stax record label, seduced the "love crowd" in one of his best--and last-- shows. Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey, acclaimed documentarian D. A. Pennebaker's Monterey Pop companion pieces, feature the entire sets by these legendary musicians, performances that have entered rock-and-roll mythology.
Jimi Plays Monterey:
Audio commentary by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray
Excerpt from an interview with Pete Townshend
Shake! Otis at Monterey:
Two audio commentaries by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick: on Otis Redding's Monterey performance, song by song, and on Redding before and after Monterey
Interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager from 1959 to 1967