Video Release: April 1, 2014
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 91 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
This film of the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour unexpectedly transformed into a legendary, harrowing document of the end of the "Peace and Love" era. After a successful tour across the country, the band gives a December free concert in California with The Grateful Dead (not seen performing), Ike and Tina Turner, The Jefferson Airplane, and The Flying Burrito Brothers (seen performing one song each). The poorly planned show, at Altamont Speedway, is fraught with problems from its inception. The band unwisely selects the Hell's Angels motorcycle club to do security, and after very visible alcohol and drug abuse fuel the pre-existing chaos, the bikers resort to violence to keep the stoned, restless, and often naked crowd in line. The result: dozens of injuries and the onscreen stabbing of a young African-American man by one of the "security" staff. In a manipulative but effective move, the Maysles' and Zwerin film Mick Jagger in the editing room witnessing the on-camera murder for the first time. The film also captures the band at their most relaxed, intoxicated, and electrifying--performing some of their greatest tracks in a raw, stripped-down style.
The Maysles Brothers unwittingly captured the end of the '60s as they documented the Rolling Stones's tragic 1970 free concert at Altamont, California. The backstage world of touring superstars and the logistics that go into planning an event that was to be attended by 300,000 people pales as the Hell's Angels stomp an audience member to death while Jagger helplessly shrieks "Sympathy for the Devil." Terrifying and electrifying filmmaking.
Tracks: "Jumpin' Jack Flash" - Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" - Rolling Stones "You Gotta Move" - Rolling Stones "Wild Horses" - Rolling Stones "Brown Sugar" - Rolling Stones "Love in Vain" - Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Woman" - Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man" - Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" - Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb" - Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man" - Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" - Rolling Stones "I've Been Loving You Too Long" - Tina Turner "Six Days on the Road" - Flying Burrito Bros. "The Other Side of Life" - Jefferson Airplane