1967 monterey festival: the original blue print for the woodstock festival

the 1967 monterey festival, a three-day concert in california, was the first widely promoted and heavily attended rock festival, attracting an estimated 200,000 total attendees. two years later, it became the blue print for the more generally known woodstock festival on the east coast which obviously had better PR and marketing behind it. eric burdon of the animals wrote this song as a tribute to those three days. i was never a fan of this song, listening to it made me chuckle at the time. it seemed pretentious to me, i don’t know why… a young brit impressed by the SF hippie scene and bragging about it while using much “groovy” words. that said the video is rather cool and i can forgive eric. maybe i was being too-cool-for-school myself! by dd