A Perfect Haze
Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik
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A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival
Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik
Santa Monica Press
288 pages
November 2011
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Much has been written about the fabled Monterey Pop Festival that took place on June 16- 18, 1967, during the legendary Summer of Love. It is common knowledge that Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar and Pete Townshend smashed his; that Janis Joplin rasped her way to fame and Otis Redding funked his way to infamy. But so much has been hidden:

  • How/why did the festival really come to be?
  • Did the artists perform for free?
  • Who supplied all the music gear the bands used?
  • How was the sound system developed?
All of these questions and so many more get answered in the Brothers Kubernik's amazing new book. They've gathered together remarkable interviews with all the principals, including Lou Adler (festival organizer); Henry Diltz (photographer); Derek Taylor (publicist), and many of the key performers from Canned Heat and the Grateful Dead to the Byrds and Lou Rawls.

The stunning photos in A Perfect Haze capture live moments never before seen as well as many candid and backstage shots that truly convey a you-are-there ambience. This is the first "official" book on the festival, sanctioned by Festival organizer Lou Adler as well as the Monterey Pop Festival Foundation.

This is the definitive book on Monterey. Any other tomes out there on the same subject pale by comparison. The only negative thing about A Perfect Haze is coming to the last page.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2011

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