Monterey Pop, 1967: The Summer Of Love Begins (Facts And Trivia)

Jimi Hendrix performs onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Over three days from June 16-18, 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival kicked off the summer of love and turned California into ground zero for the hippie movement. Featuring performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Janis Joplin, the festival became the template for every music festival that followed, from Woodstock to Coachella. Monterey Pop is still considered to be one of the most successful music festivals that have ever been put on, and aside from doing amazing numbers and showing that large groups of people can get together to have a good time without anything going off the rails, the festival also introduced America to some of the most important acts in music history. There was no experience quite like the Monterey Pop Festival.