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shake: otis at monterey

Shake: Otis at Monterey

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
(USA, 1985, 18 minutes 24 seconds)

Sunday 28 October, 6.30pm, at FreeDM Studio, Roundhouse

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The Monterey Pop Festival ran for three days in June 1967. For most of the five shows, the arena was bursting with perhaps as many as 10,000 people. The live performances were spectacular. Janis Joplin's raw, powerful performance helped establish her as the preeminent female rock singer of her day. The Who climaxed a brilliant set by smashing their equipment. Jimi Hendrix offered an awesome display of his virtuosity as a guitarist and showman, humping his Marshall amplifiers and then setting his Stratocaster ablaze.

And then there was Otis Redding. The dynamic soul man gave what many believe was the festival's best performance. The Monterey concert reflects Redding at the peak of his career, only months before a fatal plane crash took his life.

Director D.A. Pennebaker's classic concert feature film 'Monterey Pop' captured these moments that have now become legend. 'Shake' gives you the full scale of Otis' performance at the festival.

Director D.A. Pennebaker talks about the difficulty of getting a cinema release for 'Monterey Pop'...

"I put that (Monterey Pop) in a porn house on (Manhattan's) Lower East Side. It was the only theatre I could get. It ran for a year. People would come. In fact, the same people would come every Friday — and they'd all be smoking grass in the johns. The guy who ran the theatre was so happy. He was making money left and right. He didn't want it to ever stop."

See Otis Redding's complete, electrifying performance at the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 'Shake: Otis at Monterey'.



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