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A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800602
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rich in rare photos, A Perfect Haze is a definitive talking-book account of the impossible standard that weekend set for future festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo." —Rolling Stone (June 11, 2012)


"The definitive book on the unprecedented gathering of folk, pop, soul and jazz music icons." —Music Connection (November 2011)


"A Perfect Haze . . . piece[s] together the story of the three-day 1967 festival that featured Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield and helped propel the careers of Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix to mythic proportions." —USA Today (November 4, 2011)

Publishers Weekly, October 24, 2011
Before Woodstock, thousands of hippies descended on Monterey for the first ever International Pop Festival. At the height of the 1967 summer of love, many were unaware of the part they were about to play in the forthcoming "cultural explosion." Decorated producer Lou Adler cheerfully recalls the conception of the groundbreaking event, which gathered artists who represented the festival's harmonious principles. The authors provide sumptuous documentation through telegrams, contracts, newspaper clippings, line-up posters, and other rare paraphernalia. The work of celebrated photographers captures the atmosphere of this terrific spectacle: the rawness of Janis Joplin; the audacity of (then relatively unknown) Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar alight; the showmanship of The Who; and the "cultivated relaxation" enjoyed by the crowd spacing out to The Grateful Dead and Ravi Shankar before being blown away by Otis Redding. The Kuberniks's combined knowledge and passion make for a thoroughly entertaining retrospective. As David Crosby says: "What happened at Monterey was the flowering of an entirely different set of values." Festival organizer Michelle Phillips closes proceedings with reflections on this genuine happening, and the dawn of a far out philosophy that keeps on giving. (Nov.)


"VERDICT: Well organized, beautifully laid out, and packed with insightful commentary, this work will find its way to the shelves of flower children of all ages. Strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in the music and culture of late 1960s America." —Library Journal (November 15, 2011)

"This 'official history of this glorious festival' is a vivid, colorfully illustrated chronicle of the event, arriving in time to celebrate the fest's forty-fifth anniversary next year. . . . Well written and comprehensive, this is a rock-history coffee-table book for the ages!" —Booklist (October 31, 2011)


"A very well written, gorgeous book commemorating the historic Monterey Pop Festival. The authors' exceptional work here, alongside the eye-opening photos and graphics, makes this one of the year's most essential book purchases. Do check it out." —www.music.yahoo.com (December 2011)


"Anyone who wants a complete record of the events that took place June 16-18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California will want to pick up this book. . . . This is a great scrapbook that really brings the flower power era of the '60s alive again." —Goldmine (August 2012)

About the Author

Harvey Kubernik has been a noted popular music journalist and record producer for over 30 years. A former West Coast director of A&R for MCA Records, Kubernik is the author of four books, including Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon (Sterling). Kubernik’s writings on popular music have been published nationally and internationally in the Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Goldmine, Musician, Melody Maker, Crawdaddy!, the Los Angeles Free Press, and many others. His work has also been included in several book anthologies, including The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats (Hyperion) and Drinking with Bukowski (Thunder’s Mouth). Kubernik has penned liner notes on dozens of albums by a diverse group of artists including Elvis Presley, Allen Ginsberg, Carole King, and the Ramones. He lives in Los Angeles.

Kenneth Kubernik is a contributor to Variety and is a former editor of Music Connection magazine. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times and MIX magazine, where he also served as a contributing editor. Kubernik served as an editorial consultant on Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon (Sterling). As a keyboardist and record producer, he has worked on several internationally acclaimed jazz recordings. He lives in Los Angeles.

Lou Adler is the legendary producer of the Monterey International Pop Festival. He has also produced for Sam Cooke, the Mamas and the Papas, Johnny Rivers, Barry McGuire, Scott McKenzie, Merry Clayton, Spirit, and Carole King, whose landmark album Tapestry earned Adler Grammy Awards for Album and Song of the Year. In 1975, Adler produced the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and in 1978, he produced and directed the movie Up in Smoke, starring Cheech and Chong. Adler owns the world-famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. He lives in Malibu.

Michelle Phillips is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained fame as a member of the Mamas and the Papas, co-wrote their hit “California Dreamin’,” and is the last surviving original member of the group. Phillips has also had a successful career as an actress, appearing in dozens of television shows and feature films, including Dillinger, The California Kid, Valentino, Fantasy Island, Star Trek, Spin City, and Knots Landing. She is the author of California Dreamin’: The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Then there's the animosity between the L.A. rock bands and the San Francisco musicians.
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It's true that" East Coast girls are hip",but as Harvey and Ken show us,in the Summer of Love,it was all happening at Monterey.
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Such big music events were just being planned and discovered for the first time and this one was pulled off brilliantly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 8, 2011
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Hardcover-4 page Forward (including photographs), 242 pages of text, 6 page Glossary, 2 page Bibliography, plus a list of Photo Credits. The book is filled with very finely reproduced photos and memorabilia-both in color and b&w. The book itself is laid out chronologically, first as a money making venture, and then it's subsequent change into a non-profit festival. From there each chapter is broken down into performers on each day. A perusal of the groups covered in the book's chapters is awesome-the chapter on Saturday night, for example, includes MOBY GRAPE, Hugh Masekela, THE BYRDS, Laura Nyro, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, and Otis Redding and Booker T. and the MGs, with the Mar-Keys. Besides the great photos, there's overviews of the performers, and in depth comments from band members like Jim (later Roger) McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Jack Casady, Paul Kantner, and so on, and others such as D.A. Pennebaker, Michelle Phillips, Art Garfunkel, Al Kooper, Eric Burdon, and Jerry Wexler, among other first hand accounts, and they all have something worthwhile to say. And every other chapter is filled with the same interesting observations, accounts, and photographs of this, the first (and last) festival of it's kind.

This book, endorsed by Lou Adler (one of the festival's organizers), brings to life all the people (including Alan Pariser who thought up the pop festival after seeing the Monterey Jazz Festival), performers, music, and the times, when many styles of music and performers came together over one weekend in Monterey, and transformed rock music into the juggernaut it became. Included in the book are many first hand accounts from musicians, fans, festival staff, and people attending the event.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eyeread on November 3, 2011
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You may have seen the movie; you may have heard the music; or, maybe you were there. Whatever the case, this book is a fascinating read. There are wonderfully rare times throughout history when everything just seems to come together for a few shining moments -The Monterey Pop Festival was one of them. This passionately compiled book is a must-read not just for music fans, but for anyone interested in social history. The "Summer of Love" is often looked back upon, as a romantic overstatement, but, not those 3 days in Monterey... This detailed narrative embraces first-person accounts from everyone involved, and numerous never-before-seen photographs. Hendrix, The Who, The Byrds, The Dead, Simon & Garfunkle, Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, Ravi Shankar -the list goes on, and on... In more ways than I realized, Monterey created a benchmark template for virtually every Rock festival that followed. All the more amazing when I read that the whole thing came together in 6 weeks -impossible to imagine now, let alone in the days of no internet or email! I had no idea the whole thing was put together as a charity, still active 25 years down the road... This book reminded me of what's possible, and why I fell in love with music in the first place.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cosmo Topper on November 3, 2011
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This is not your parents Monterey Pop Book
if this were simply a coffee table book with these never before Scene eye opening photographs
it would be so well worth the price of admission
Instead the follow up to Mr.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hudson on November 5, 2011
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In "A Perfect Haze," premier LA music historians, Harvey and Ken Kubernik,bring to light a musical miracle that for too long has been remembered only as a predecessor to another better-known event in Woodstock,N.Y,two years later.Until now, the Monterey International Pop Festival has been regarded as a quaint footnote,rather than the three day explosion of color,music and joy that the Kuberniks recreate here in loving yet precise detail,obviously relishing the telling of each moment of backstage intrigue and onstage excitement.Where Woodstock later seemed heavy and dark, Monterey was nothing but a celebration, a chance for the world to see all the magic that was the West Coast scene in 1967, that "Summer of Love." Here, very early in their careers,we see The Who,Big Brother and the Holding Company,Jimi Hendrix,Otis Redding and the Mamas and the Papas before "Rock and Roll" in all its fun and flash became "Rock". Here in "A Perfect Haze," we see previously-unpublished photos of the festival and hear the words of surviving participants in new interviews and experience a perfect celebration of what the '60s,at its best, promised: the power of the possible.It's true that" East Coast girls are hip",but as Harvey and Ken show us,in the Summer of Love,it was all happening at Monterey.
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