Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway

"Gimme Shelter" is a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin chronicling the last weeks of The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour which culminated in the Altamont Free Concert.

A fan is beaten by Hells Angels at the Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway. The rock press called it the end of innocence.
Meredith Hunter, attempted, with other crowd members, to force his way onto the stage and is struck by the Hells Angels members guarding the band.
He then drew a revolver before being stabbed to death.

Mick Jagger performs at the Altamont Speedway
Gimme Shelter shows a clash of two worlds – the hippy culture of San Francisco and the older, nastier, darker venom of the bikie outlaws, hired with $500 worth of free beer to protect the Stones and keep the kids off the low stage.

The British branch of Hells Angels had done this without trouble at the Stones' concert in Hyde Park earlier that year, but the northern Californian chapters were a different breed.