Monday, October 17, 2016

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin

Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones, 
Jefferson Airplane, Tina Turner, Jerry Garcia, Michelle Phillips, Bob Weir

A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour and the tragic events that concluded it. We see footage of their concerts and of them making the Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. However, the main focus of the film is on one concert - Altamont Speedway, outside San Francisco, 6 December 1969. A free concert, it is the Stones' idea and it was meant to be the Woodstock of the West. Other bands performing included Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Santana. However, it is far from being the peace and love of Woodstock. Part of the problem is that the Stones hired the Hells Angels as security. The other problem was that a large portion of the crowd were high on drugs. Friction ensues.

This concert was a big mistake. The Rolling Stones were trying to create an amazing concert for the people and the fans. The problem was that they hired The Hell's Angels to be the body guards for the show. The Hell's Angels were drunk and hire looking for a fight, if one started in the crowd. Some idiot showed up with a gun, and one of the Angels stabbed him to death. The Stones could not see that happening because they were on so many drugs at the time, that their judgment was blurred. They were having a concert where there was a lot of violence was happening and you have tons of people on lots of drugs. That whole hippie love crap was dying at the time, and it was turning toward violence. They still did the show any way.

If you are a hardcore Rolling Stones fan, then you probably have already watched this. It is a lot of footage from the show. It is not that interesting to watch. You just see many bad mistakes and choices being made by people that are too high. Enjoy, anyway.

Gimme Shelter (1970) Trailer

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