50 Years Later, and Monterey Pop is Still a Seminal Event

This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the seminal event, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 in Monterey, California. Monterey Pop is considered by many music historians to be the first modern rock festival. It was the first time pop music (what we would come to call rock by the 1980s) was so big it received its own dedicated venue for a weekend. The fairgrounds alone held up to 9,000 audience members – something only eclipsed by The Beatles and Elvis in arenas at that point. Estimates range from a minimum of 25,000 to over 90,000 people were in the […]

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