Jimi Plays Monterey

Jimi Plays Monterey (1987)

  • Genre: Documentary, Music
  • Release Date: 1987-10-16
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 24 ratings
  • Runtime: 0h 50min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Are You Experienced?
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus.
star 7.2/10
From 24 Ratings


It's no exaggeration to say this might be the most intense and groundbreaking 45-minute performance in the history of rock. Jimi Hendrix's debut American set at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival is generally considered one of the most radical and legendary live shows ever. Virtually unknown to American audiences at the time, even though he was already an established entity in the UK, Hendrix and his two-piece Experience explode on stage, ripping through blues classics "Rock Me Baby" and Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," interpreting and electrifying Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," debuting songs from his yet-to-be-released first album and closing with the now historic sacrificing/burning of his guitar during an unhinged version of "Wild Thing" that even its writer Chip Taylor would never have imagined. Hendrix uses feedback and distortion to enhance the songs in whisper-to-scream intensity, blazing territory that had not been previously explored with as much soul-frazzled power.

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  • John Phillips

    as Narrator (voice)
  • Jimi Hendrix

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Noel Redding

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Mitch Mitchell

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Art Garfunkel

    as Self (archive footage)
  • George Harrison

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Mick Jagger

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Brian Jones

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Janis Joplin

    as Self (archive footage)
  • John Lennon

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Paul McCartney

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Charles Shaar Murray

    as Self - Commentary
  • Ringo Starr

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Denny Dent

    as Street Painter
  • Michelle Phillips

    as Self (archive footage)
  • Cass Elliot

    as Self (archive footage)
Camera Albert Maysles Camera Operator
Directing D. A. Pennebaker Director
Editing D. A. Pennebaker Editor
Camera D. A. Pennebaker Camera Operator
Directing Bob Neuwirth Stage Director
Directing Chris Hegedus Director
Editing Chris Hegedus Editor
Production Frazer Pennebaker Executive Producer
Camera Nick Doob Camera Operator
Editing Alan Douglas Editor
Production Alan Douglas Producer
Camera Barry Feinstein Camera Operator
Camera Roger Murphy Camera Operator
Camera Nicholas T. Proferes Camera Operator
Editing David Dawkins Editor
Camera Richard Leacock Camera Operator
Lighting Chip Monck Lighting Artist
Production Chip Branton Production Consultant
Camera Al Hendrix Still Photographer
Sound Mark Linett Sound Mixer
Sound Robert Van Dyke Additional Sound Re-Recordist
Sound Joe Gastwirt Sound Mixer
Art Frank Gauna Main Title Designer