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Altamont : the Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the inside story of rock's darkest day /

by Selvin, Joel [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2016]Edition: First edition.Description: x, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, some color ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062444257; 0062444255.Subject(s): Rolling Stones | Hell's Angels | Altamont Festival (1969 : Livermore, Calif.) | Rock concerts -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area | Homicide -- California | Popular music -- California -- History and criticism | Rock music -- 1961-1970 -- History and criticism | Counterculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Tracy (Calif.) | Hell's Angels | Rolling Stones | Altamont Festival | California | California -- San Francisco Bay Area | California -- Tracy | United States | 1900-1999 | Criticism, interpretation, etc | History
Contents:
Pipe dreams -- Money trouble -- Hippie business ethics -- Hollywood -- On the road -- Back to Hollywood -- $500 for beer -- Back on the road -- On to San Francisco -- Friday -- The day dawns -- Alan and Patti -- Santana -- The Airplane -- The Flying Burrito Brothers -- CSNY -- Sympathy for the devil -- Under my thumb -- Gimme shelter -- The day after -- The news breaks -- Crime story -- New speedway boogie -- Angel on trial -- Love in vain.
Summary: 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. The product of 20 years of research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, this is the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.Summary: Altamont Speedway Free Festival, December 6, 1969. A concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous concert in San Francisco: last minute venue changes; bad acid; open displays of guns and knives. His research and interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, make this the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.
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<p>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, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>

Includes bibliographical references (327-336) and an index.

Pipe dreams -- Money trouble -- Hippie business ethics -- Hollywood -- On the road -- Back to Hollywood -- $500 for beer -- Back on the road -- On to San Francisco -- Friday -- The day dawns -- Alan and Patti -- Santana -- The Airplane -- The Flying Burrito Brothers -- CSNY -- Sympathy for the devil -- Under my thumb -- Gimme shelter -- The day after -- The news breaks -- Crime story -- New speedway boogie -- Angel on trial -- Love in vain.

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. The product of 20 years of research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, this is the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.

Altamont Speedway Free Festival, December 6, 1969. A concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous concert in San Francisco: last minute venue changes; bad acid; open displays of guns and knives. His research and interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, make this the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1
  • 1 Pipe Dreams (p. 3)
  • 2 Money Trouble (p. 15)
  • 3 Hippie Business Ethics (p. 27)
  • 4 Hollywood (p. 43)
  • 5 On the Road (p. 59)
  • 6 Back to Hollywood (p. 71)
  • 7 $500 for Beer (p. 79)
  • 8 Back on the Road (p. 91)
  • 9 On to San Francisco (p. 103)
  • Part 2
  • 10 Friday (p. 119)
  • 11 The Day Dawns (p. 133)
  • 12 Alan and Patti (p. 151)
  • 13 Santana (p. 159)
  • 14 The Airplane (p. 171)
  • 15 The Flying Burrito Brothers (p. 181)
  • 16 CSNY (p. 193)
  • 17 Sympathy for the Devil (p. 201)
  • 18 Under My Thumb (p. 213)
  • 19 Gimme Shelter (p. 223)
  • Part 3
  • 20 The Day After (p. 237)
  • 21 The News Breaks (p. 247)
  • 22 Crime Story (p. 261)
  • 23 New Speedway Boogie (p. 275)
  • 24 Angel on Trial (p. 293)
  • 25 Love in Vain (p. 303)
  • Afterword (p. 319)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 323)
  • Bibliography (p. 327)
  • Index (p. 337)

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Library Journal Review

The Altamont festival of December 1969, a concert near San Francisco that featured the Rolling Stones and others, is often seen as a prime example of the darker side of the Sixties. Its chaotic and shambolic planning, vast quantities of dangerous drugs, and ultimately the stabbing death of a concertgoer, seared Altamont into one of rock's bleaker moments. Journalist and author -Selvin's (Summer of Love) narrative history of the festival, from its conception to its aftermath, draws on interviews he conducted, published journalism, and remembrances. He portrays participants from the Stones to the Grateful Dead and members of their organizations, while depicting a changing music scene, and counterculture infighting, coexisting with the era's naïveté and innocence-all percolating elements that culminated on the fateful day; his observation that Altamont was an illustration of these dynamics and "dramatized" them rather than caused them, is prescient. -VERDICT A fascinating account of the festival and its repercussions, this is also a cultural historical portrait of the West Coast rock scene, a history of the bands involved, and of the counterculture itself. Will be of interest to rock and pop culture fans.-James Collins, -Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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