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A Perfect Haze
A Perfect Haze

A Perfect Haze

The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival


288 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Cloth, $45.00 (US $45.00) (CA $50.00)

Publication Date: November 2011

ISBN 9781595800602

Rights: WOR X AU, NZ & UK

Santa Monica Press, LLC (Nov 2011)
Santa Monica Press

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: November 2011


A retrospective of the festival that changed music history—and a generation—forever

The sights and sounds of one of the most famous music festivals in history come to life in this extraordinary compilation of photography, memorabilia, and firsthand accounts from the Summer of Love’s biggest event. It is the definitive book on the unprecedented gathering of folk, pop, soul, and jazz music icons, such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, and Otis Redding. This chronicle features a wealth of previously unpublished material from the producer’s archives, rare items from collectors, personal photographs from concert-goers, and dozens of new interviews with musicians involved with the concert, including Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Ravi Shankar, members of the Jefferson Airplane, and Canned Heat. Through hundreds of photographs from notable artists alongside ephemera and memorabilia, such as programs, posters, advertisements, and album covers, the book evokes the magic moment of the festival as the epicenter of a groundbreaking movement, showcasing it in all its kaleidoscopic glory.


"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, 2011Before 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." — (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)

Author Biography

Harvey Kubernik is a writer and the former West Coast A&R director for MCA Records. He has contributed essays to several anthologies and articles to numerous publications, including Goldmine, the Los Angeles Free Press, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Shack Job, and This Is Rebel Music. Kenneth Kubernik is a writer, a musician, and a record producer. He was editor of Music Connection and he has contributed to numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, MIX, and Variety. Lou Adler is the legendary producer of the Monterey Pop International Festival. He has produced albums for numerous bands and musicians—including Carole King, Johnny Rivers, and the Mamas & the Papas—and several movies, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Michelle Phillips is a singer/songwriter who was a member of The Mamas & the Papas. She is also an actress who has appeared in television shows such as Knots Landing, Fantasy Island, and Star Trek and the feature films The California Kid and Dillinger. She is the author of California Dreamin'. They all live in Los Angeles.