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Gimme Shelter (1970) - re-release

Four months after Woodstock, the legendary pop festival where the 'Love Generation' celebrated its hippie heyday, The Rolling Stones toured the United States. The last two concerts of that tour were captured on film; at Madison Square Garden in New York and at Altamont Speedway in San Francisco. The last concert, which was free of charge, attracted 300,000 people.

Among them was a group of Hells Angels, who were hired by the organization to maintain order. That's where things went wrong: almost literally under the eyes of the Stones, violent confrontations took place between the visitors and the Angels, with the sad low point being the death of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter, who was stabbed to death.

Directors Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin captured the events. They show a band that has to watch helplessly as everything goes off the rails, while they do what they do best: make music. The documentary shows images of the two concerts, but also the reactions of the band members while watching the images of the Altamont concert. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971 and was also released in Dutch cinemas later that year.

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