The ALTAMONT ROCK CONCERT – 6th December 1969

Posted: December 8, 2017 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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On December 6th in 1969: the infamous concert known simply as ‘Altamont’ (officially,The Altamont Speedway Free Festival), headlined by The Rolling Stones & also featuring Jefferson Airplane, Santana, CSN&Y, & The Flying Burrito Brothers, took place at the speedway of the same name outside of San Francisco, California; The Stones had organized the show as a free ‘thank you’ concert, but hired Hell’s Angels instead of police for security; four people died in the crowd of 300,000, including Meredith Hunter, stabbed to death by the Angels; many music historians consider the event a milestone marking ‘the end of ’60s innocence’; the 1970 documentary film ‘Gimme Shelter’ chronicled the last weeks of the band’s 1969 US tour which culminated with Altamont

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