Wes Posts a Blog Entry about Gimme Shelter
11/09/2011 - 14:02
Wes

Did the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont really spell the end of the 1960's, or was it just the fact that it was 1969 and the '60's were ending anyway.

The rock movie's very own Zapruder filmGimme Shelter stands today as a landmark portrait of a band and a generation that changed the stakes between the two camps forever. What starts as an electrifying document of theRolling Stones' performances on their fiery 1969 American tour switches to an inquiry into the satanic Altamont concert where Hell's Angels -- hired by the group itself -- effectively stomped out the last shreds of '60s Utopia.

Obviously, the Stones had no idea what was to happen at Altamont when they hired directors David MayslesAlbert Maysles, andCharlotte Zwerin. They simply didn't like how they looked a year earlier whenJean-Luc Godard showed them creating, and seemingly never finishing, "Sympathy for the Devil," in his lethargic, hypnotic same-titled film. The Maysleses and Zwerin fulfill their obligation to catch the fervor and brilliance of live Stones shows -- particularly in songs like "Honky Tonk Women" and "Street Fighting Man." They also, in the process, happen to catch a fan being stabbed in a crowd, footage that they then run past singer Mick Jagger.

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Audio Commentary featuring Directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and Collaborator Stanley Goldstein; ; Performances by the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1969, including "Oh Carol" and "Prodigal Son," plus backstage outtakes and footage of the band mixing "Little Queenie"; ; Audio Excerpts from KSAN Radio's Altamont wrap-up, recorded December 7, 1969, with Introductions by then DJ Stefan Ponek; ; Altamont Stills Gallery, featuring the work of renowned photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower; ; Original and Re-release Theatrical Trailers; ; Plus: A Booklet featuring essays by Film Critic Amy Taubin, Music Writer Stanley Booth, Mick Jagger's former Assistant Georgia Bergman, Music Writer Michael Lydon, and Film Critic Godfrey Cheshire

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Audio Commentary featuring Directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and Collaborator Stanley Goldstein; ; Performances by the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1969, including "Oh Carol" and "Prodigal Son," plus backstage outtakes and footage of the band mixing "Little Queenie"; ; Audio Excerpts from KSAN Radio's Altamont wrap-up, recorded December 7, 1969, with Introductions by then DJ Stefan Ponek; ; Altamont Stills Gallery, featuring the work of renowned photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower; ; Original and Re-release Theatrical Trailers; ; Plus: A Booklet featuring essays by Film Critic Amy Taubin, Music Writer Stanley Booth, Mick Jagger's former Assistant Georgia Bergman, Music Writer Michael Lydon, and Film Critic Godfrey Cheshire.

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