News
Top News

Rob Sheffield: Pennebaker, ‘Monterey Pop’ and the ‘Wow’ That Changed the World

Rob Sheffield: Pennebaker, ‘Monterey Pop’ and the ‘Wow’ That Changed the World

D.A. Pennebaker, the master documentary filmmaker who died Thursday at the age of 94, specialized in capturing rock & roll moments on film before they slipped away, from Bob Dylan in Dont Look Back to Depeche Mode in Depeche Mode 101. But if there’s one scene that sums up his legendary career, it’s this perfect moment from Monterey Pop — Mama Cass saying “wow” after seeing Janis Joplin sing “Ball and Chain.”

It’s 1967, the Summer of Love, the Monterey Pop Festival. The flower children have gathered in the California sun to

See full article on Rolling Stone