In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s. In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock—the day that shattered the Sixties’ promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth—until now. Altamont explores rock’s darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show—from the Stones’ hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening—to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead’s role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band’s behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security. The product of twenty years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, and featuring sixteen pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock’s formative and most turbulent decade.
The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day
Author: Joel Selvin
A Philosophical Drama, in Two Acts
Author: I. W. Imray
Category: London (England)
Located on the western edge of the sprawling Van Rensselaer patent, the village of Altamont was originally called Knowersville. It first gained prominence as a stopping-off place for early travelers struggling along trails from the Hudson River to the Schoharie Valley. As time passed, roads improved and commerce grew. Once the railroad arrived in 1863, the trip from Albany took just 45 minutes, and travelers quickly embraced the beauty of the Helderberg escarpment. A commercial center, including hotels, shops, and small manufacturers, grew quickly around the new train station, and well-to-do Albanians seeking respite from city heat bought property for summer mansions on the hillside above the village. The Altamont Fair supported local agriculture and brought in visitors from around the world. Altamont reveals the beginnings of this little village under the Helderbergs.
Author: Keith C. Lee
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
death of innocence in the woodstock nation
Author: Jonathan Eisen
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Deliciously wicked satires about local and international celebrities, the poems in Portable Altamont evince an irrepressible grasp of the zeitgeist, its machinations and manipulations, its possibilities and puerility. Who other than artist and raconteur Brian Joseph Davis could have imagined Margaret Atwood as a human beatbox, Jessica Simpson applying for arts grants or the Swedish Chef reciting T. S. Eliot? Davis uses every literary form available to revel in and rearrange pop culture. Even the index turns into a short story about Luke Perry's descent into a shadowy underworld of Parisian intellectuals and terrorists. A word of warning: this book is a complete and utter fiction. Philip Roth is not David Lee Roth's brother. Reese Witherspoon is not a Communist cell leader, and Don Knotts has never been a New Age guru. The stuff about Nicole Richie, however, is absolutely true. Portable Altamont is that rare book that is both incendiary and compulsively readable. Getto it before the lawyers do! 'Innovative in form, striking in content, Portable Altamont loads a literary blender with pop-culture icons both high and low, tosses in a jigger of surrealism and a pint of sardonic wit, sets the controls for hypermashup and then decants a delirious, delicious smoothie with brain-expanding powers.' - Paul Di Filippo, author of Ribofunk and The Steampunk Trilogy
Author: Brian Joseph Davis
Publisher: Coach House Books
First published in French in 1966, The Road Past Altamont pierces to the heart of a child's world, craeting a delicate, yet substantial network of impressions, emotions, and relationships. In her writing, Gabrielle Roy allowed "nothing extraneous or false to stand," according to the translator, Joyce Marshall. The literary style of Roy, whose fiction reflects her childhood on the Canadian prairie, has often been compared to that of Willa Cather.øThe Road Past Altamont takes a sensitive French-Canadian girl, Christine, from childhood innocence to maturity. Four connected stories reveal profound moments during her early years in the vastness of Manitoba. Christine's testament to Grandmother's creative power, her great adventure with an old gentleman at Lake Winnipeg and her clandestine one with a crude family of movers, her journey through time and space with aging Maman?all these characters and events convey Gabrielle Roy's preoccupation with childhood and old age, the passage of time and mystery of change, and the artist's relation to the world.
Author: Gabrielle Roy
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Author: Charles Jenner
Category: London (England)
LET IT BLEED takes you where no Rolling Stones book has before. Author and photographer Ethan Russell was one of only sixteen people--including the Rolling Stones--who made up the 1969 tour. He was with them in their hotel rooms, at rehearsals, and on stage. He tells the story of this monumental and historic tour firsthand, including recollections from band members, crew, security, and other sixties icons--like Abbie Hoffman and Little Richard--they met along the way. And he also includes amazing photos of the performers who toured with the Stones that year: the legendary Tina Turner and B. B. King. Through vivid quotes taken from his interviews with the band and crew, and through more than 220 revealing photographs, Russell takes you behind the scenes for an uncensored look inside the Rolling Stones' world at the end of the sixties. It was an idealistic time, with an overarching belief that music could bring us all together. But the events that led to the terrible violence and stabbing death at Altamont would change rock and roll forever.
The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties
Author: Gerard Van der Leun
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Since the emergence of rock'n'roll in the early 1950s, there have been a number of live musical performances that were not only memorable in themselves, but became hugely influential in the way they shaped the subsequent trajectory and development of popular music. Each, in its own way, introduced new styles, confronted existing practices, shifted accepted definitions, and provided templates for others to follow. Performance and Popular Music explores these processes by focusing on some of the specific occasions when such transformations occurred. An international array of scholars reveal that it is through the (often disruptive) dynamics of performance – and the interaction between performer and audience – that patterns of musical change and innovation can best be recognised. Through multi-disciplinary analyses which consider the history, place and time of each event, the performances are located within their social and professional contexts, and their immediate and long-term musical consequences considered. From the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Michael Jackson and Madonna, from Woodstock and Monterey to Altamont and Live Aid, this book provides an indispensable assessment of the importance of live performance in the practice of popular music, and an essential guide to some of the key moments in its history.
History, Place and Time
Author: Dr Ian Inglis
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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Bill Owens and the Legacy of Suburbia
Author: Geir Jordahl,Kate Jordahl
Per decenni il concerto gratuito dei Rolling Stones, il 6 dicembre 1969 nell’autodromo di Altamont, è stato visto come il ‘gemello perverso’ di Woodstock. In quel giorno funesto, infatti, uno spettatore fu accoltellato a morte da un membro della malfamata gang di motociclisti degli Hells Angels, che lavorava come servizio d’ordine al Festival. Si chiuse così, in modo tragico, il sogno tutto ‘peace and love’ dei Sixties. Sino a oggi, la maggior parte delle notizie ufficiali di ciò che accadde ad Altamont provenivano da Gimme Shelter, il documentario ufficiale sulla tournée americana dei Rolling Stones del 1969 conclusasi proprio sul circuito del nord California. Ma la vera storia è rimasta a lungo sepolta, nascosta tra racconti sbiaditi, voci distorte, falsi miti. Questo libro racconta in modo appassionante il ‘giorno più nero della storia del rock’ spiegando le radici di un evento orribile e sfortunato, iniziato prima della morte di Meredith Hunter, il giovane ragazzo di colore ucciso dai biker, e proseguito oltre quella tragica notte di dicembre. Joel Selvin, affermato giornalista musicale e scrupoloso storico del rock, analizza nel dettaglio i vari aspetti di quello show. Dagli eccessi, sopra e sotto il palco, dei Rolling Stones alle magagne di un tour mal organizzato che ha preceduto il concerto di Altamont, sino alle morti mai documentate avvenute dopo che la band lasciò il Festival, l’autore cattura l’intera scena del prima, durante e post tragedia. Selvin denuncia anche le diverse realtà che hanno osteggiato il Festival dall’inizio, inclusa la sbagliatissima scelta di Altamont come sede dell’evento, le droghe allucinogene di pessima qualità che circolavano tra il pubblico e la disastrosa idea di affidare agli Hells Angels, per altro da sempre amici della comunità hippie di San Francisco, la ‘security’ del concerto. Andando ben oltre le spiegazioni più ovvie e banali, Selvin s’immerge nei ricordi di chi, rappresentante di importanti realtà cultural-musicali del periodo, fu profeta di sventure fin da prima che lo show avesse inizio. Analizzando in modo approfondito le due band che furono al centro degli eventi, Rolling Stones e Grateful Dead, Selvin spiega anche il ruolo centrale (ma dimenticato dai più) che questi ultimi ebbero nell’ideazione e organizzazione del tutto. In questo modo, il libro offre un ritratto vivido di come, in un’epoca celebre per i suoi idealismi, i due mondi del rock (inglese e americano) si scontrarono con effetti devastanti. Ma anche come i destini delle due band, che sembravano unirsi ad Altamont, furono successivamente sempre più distanti, quasi agli estremi opposti. Frutto di oltre trent’anni di ricerche e di un centinaio di interviste esclusive con testimoni fondamentali (musicisti, staff medico, membri degli Hells Angels, tecnici e fonici, ecc.) il libro è scritto in modo accattivante, pieno di aneddoti e curiosità, e rappresenta un documento eccezionale per capire l’intera scena rock degli anni ’60. Con la prefazione di Carlo Massarini.
Il giorno più nero della storia del rock e la fine del sogno degli anni '60
Author: Joel Selvin
Publisher: HOEPLI EDITORE
Altamont 1969, by Bill Owens, presents a new and unpublished series of work: black and white photographs documenting the unique moment of the first large Rolling Stones concert at Raceway Altamont in California. This was the period of protest movements in San Francisco. Bill Owens captured the young generation_s desire to stand up and raise their voice against the war in Vietnam, against segregation and racial discrimination, and against authority in general. Slogans and billboards, sit-ins and demonstrations, are evidence of the cultural agitation of those years. Together with the Stones, other major rock bands appeared on stage, including Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane, Carlos Santana and many others, while the Hells Angels were employed as security. Bill Owens has always been involved in socio-anthropological aspects of American culture and in the rise of the collective movement of protest and criticism against the misuse of power. Here, he uses photography as a kind of _visual anthropologist_, painting a _fresco_ of the cultural revolution that marked the entire world during the 1960s.
Author: Claudia Zanfi
Publisher: Damiani Limited