Jim James and Henry Diltz courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery
On June 18th, 1967, The Who took the stage at The Monterey Pop Festival. As Pete Townshend was smashing his guitar on stage, a young photographer from Laurel Canyon named Henry Diltz was standing on the side of the stage, watching history being made and capturing it on film as one of the official photographers for the festival.
Music and history came full circle on June 16th, 17th and 18th, 50 years later on the exact spot of the original festival. On site and the official gallery of Monterey Pop was Morrison Hotel Gallery, the fine art photography gallery co-founded and co-owned by iconic photographer, Henry Diltz – who was there on site at the celebration to take pictures of the performances, meet fans and sign autographs. Henry Diltz gifted a signed print of The Who on stage at the original festival to Jim James (My Morning Jacket) who payed tribute to the band on stage during the festival celebration.
Also on site at the PopUp gallery was legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker. Accompanied by his two sons and grandson, the man who made the Monterey Pop documentary is now the subject of a documentary his family is making of him, at the festival, 50 years later.
The Morrison Hotel Gallery PopUp gallery was the gathering place at the festival, for the legends of the past and the present. Festival creator Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker and his family were there. Iconic producer and manager of the Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham and singer Jack Johnson were on site at the gallery, as well as photographers Elaine Mayes, Jerry de Wilde, Danny Clinch and Jay Blakesberg, who is new addition to Morrison Hotel Gallery.
It was history in the making all over again.
Jack Johnson (r) greeting fan at the Morrison Hotel Gallery PopUp Gallery at Monterey 50th
Monterey Pop Festival creator Lou Adler and Monterey Pop filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker
at the Morrison Hotel Gallery PopUp gallery at 50th anniversary celebration
About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel®Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The partners just launched a new location at Mick Fleetwood’s General Store in Maui, Hawaii.
MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com