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.