Rolling Stones: Gimme ShelterDirector: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin
This musical documentary concerns the Rolling Stones and their tragic free concert at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco in early December 1969. The event was all but destroyed by violence that marked the end of the peace and love euphoria of the 1960s. The night began smoothly, with the supercharged Flying Burrito Brothers/a>… See more details below
This musical documentary concerns the Rolling Stones and their tragic free concert at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco in early December 1969. The event was all but destroyed by violence that marked the end of the peace and love euphoria of the 1960s. The night began smoothly, with the supercharged Flying Burrito Brothers opening up for the Rolling Stones and performing the truck-driving classic "Six Days on the Road" and Tina Turner giving a sensually charged performance. But on this particular evening, the Stones made the fateful (and disastrous) decision to hire the Oakland chapter of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang as bodyguards and bouncers. It was a foolhardy, careless choice that turned the night into an unmitigated disaster; halfway through the Stones' act, the Angels killed one black spectator, and injured several others who were present (including Jefferson Airplane's lead singer Marty Balin). In the film, we watch Mick Jagger -- ere an ebullient, charismatic performer of bisexual charm -- reduced to standing on stage like a frightened child with his finger in his mouth in wake of the violence. Unsurprisingly, the Grateful Dead refused to perform after the violence erupted; the picture ends on a despairing note, with the Stones repeatedly watching a film of the murder. Celebrated documentarians Albert and David Maysles directed and Haskell Wexler shot the film, with heightened instinct and control; as a result, this film is considered one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made. Stones songs performed include "Brown Sugar," "Under My Thumb," and "Sympathy for the Devil."
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|Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin||Director|
|Michael Becker||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John Brumbaugh||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Howard Chesley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Paul Deason||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Larry Fallon||Musical Arrangement|
|Walter Murch||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Art Rochester||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nelson Stoll||Sound/Sound Designer|
|David Thompson||Sound/Sound Designer|
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Brilliant. Obviously your enjoyment of the film will depend on your taste in music. As a documentary it captures one of the most important cultural moments in American history, the end of the "Peace and Love" era.
Yes, The Rolling Stones were a far-out band in the late 60's and early 70's, but I just can't bring myself to say it was their fault that the flower generation died. So what I'm gonna say is, that had the concert had been better planned, it actually could have become the most beautiful gathering of 1969, besides, oh what's that other festival that was so great...
If they couldn't break 'em one way they tried to break 'em another way.....
We have not seen this, but we know it SUCKS!! They Stole our song i Wanna Bee Your Man!!!! George: Yea Paul, you and John did a good job on that song, allot better than them. Ringo Is a MUCH better singer than Mik... Paul: We should get a C.D. of their's and burn it!!! George: YEA!!!! Thats using your head Paul! Paul: Umm... Thanks George, I think...