Sunday, June 17, 2007

40 Years Ago Today Since The Monterey Pop Festival

It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since the "Summer of Love" officially got its start today, June 16, 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival in San Francisco. This is a bittersweet milestone for the boys here at MVB. The pain it inflicts is right up there with watching the Stones perform today. Both make you feel old (and with the Stones, near death). Still, thinking back to that magical time in rock music, MVB is reminded that the Monterey Pop Festival heralded some of rock's best music and groups. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding were introduced to the world at the festival. Redding would die a few months later. It was a time of songwriting genius. John Phillips of the "The Mamas & the Papas" whipped out a song to promote the event. He had his boyhood friend Scott McKenzie, who once was a member of his group that evolved into the Mamas and the Papas, record it. It pretty much sums up that era of hope, change, and, of course, love.

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