See Hear Podcast Episode 62 - Gimme Shelter

March 25, 2019 @ 7:37 pm

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Episode 62 of See Hear Podcast is ready for your earholes. Tim, Sticky (Fingers) and Maurice delve into the documentary about disaster that was The Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. The Stones were finishing up their first American tour in 3 years....hugely successful artistically coming after two of the greatest albums in their back catalogue, Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed.

 

The tour infamously ended in tragedy when a San Franciscan chapter of the Hells Angels were hired by the Stones to provide security for the payment of $500 worth of beer. From 2019, this does not look to be world's best business practice....needless to say, things didn't go well. Members of the audience (and Marty Ballin of Jefferson Airplane) were beaten by the Angels, they had contempt for the band they were supposedly guarding, and by day's end, Meredith Hunter, a concert goer was pronounced dead after being stabbed by a member of the Angels.

 

David and Albert Mayles and Charlotte Zwerin were looking to make a bog standard documentary about the Stones' US tour of 1969....instead, their cameras captured events that many have said kicked the idealism of the 1960s to the curb.

 

We discuss the way the drama of the film is presented, other films featuring the Rolling Stones as subject matter, the image of the band as opposed to the reality, and whether they learned anything as a result. Who was complicit in Meredith's murder? Be aware some of the subject matter may be a little distressing.

 

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