Fifty years ago the Monterey Pop Festival was held south of San Francisco.
"Three days of understanding. Even the cops grooved with us," sang Eric Burdon of the Animals later.
Many regarded the gathering of 60,000 counter-culture music fans to be the opening act of the famed Summer of Love.
Check out the line-up.
The Association The Paupers Lou Rawls Beverley Johnny Rivers Eric Burdon and The Animals Simon & Garfunkel
Canned Heat Big Brother and the Holding Company Country Joe and the Fish Al Kooper The Butterfield Blues Band The Electric Flag Quicksilver Messenger Service Steve Miller Band Moby Grape Hugh Masekela The Byrds Laura Nyro Jefferson Airplane Booker T. & the M.G.'s Otis Redding
Ravi Shankar The Blues Project Big Brother and the Holding Company The Group With No Name Buffalo Springfield (played w/ David Crosby) The Who Grateful Dead The Jimi Hendrix Experience Scott McKenzie The Mamas & the Papas The Mar-Keys
Only Ravi Shankar played longer than the allotted forty-minute set.
I was 15.
I loved the Airplane.
I traveled in the summer of 1971 to the Haight.
Four years too late.
But a hippie to the core.
Then and now.
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