Tax time with the Monterey Pop Festival - March 29

So last night I decided to stay up all night and finish compiling all my tax information for 2010.  What to watch while doing such tedious work? With the impending closure of Borders downtown near my apartment, I had just bought a couple of DVDs on closeout.  One being the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker which I ended up watching entirely and then watched again while listening to the commentary with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker.  I am skeptical of most commentaries but both of the commentators are legendary characters in film and music- so theirs was good, very impromptue.  D.A. Pennebaker said that before shooting he was unfamiliar with most of the artists at the festival (which include Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and The Who) yet he and his crew got such compelling footage.  Pennebaker made shooting the festival sound like a happy accident.  He said something about bringing inexperienced photographers to shoot the festival who were actually musicans figuring things out as they went. They ended up capturing some of the most beautiful footage of musical performances I have seen.  I am sure you've seen the Jimi Hendrix footage from that show, but perhaps not this performance of Ravi Shankar shredding on the sitar along with tabla player, Ustad Alla Rakha.  So please enjoy and with my tax return money perhaps I'll buy a new camera and figure things out as they go.

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