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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
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Marty Balin ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
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Dick Carter ... Himself
Jack Casady ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Mike Clarke ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
Sam Cutler ... Himself
Spencer Dryden ... Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Chris Hillman ... Himself (as The Flying Burrito Brothers)
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A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour and the tragic events that concluded it. We see footage of their concerts and of them making the Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. However, the main focus of the film is on one concert - Altamont Speedway, outside San Francisco, 6 December 1969. A free concert, it is the Stones' idea and it was meant to be the Woodstock of the West (Woodstock having occurred four months earlier). Other bands performing included Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Santana. However, it is far from being the peace and love of Woodstock. Part of the problem is that the Stones hired the Hells Angels as security. The other problem was that a large portion of the crowd were high on drugs. Friction ensues. During the Stones' set, Meredith Hunter, high on methamphetamine and armed with a gun, makes a lunge for the stage and is stabbed to death by the Hells Angels. The peace and ... Written by grantss

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The Rolling Stones gave a concert in Altamont, Calif. The Hell's Angels policed it. Four people died. This is the Actual Film Story. See more »


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$18,576, 13 August 2000, Limited Release

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$252,570, 19 November 2000
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Even with the negative press of "Sympathy For The Devil", The Rolling Stones performed it on the 1970 tour. They dropped it from their set lists until 1975 when Eric Clapton joined them for their first of five shows at Madison Square Garden in NYC. See more »

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Sonny Barger: They started messin' over our bikes - they started it. I don't know if you think we pay $50 for them things or steal 'em or pay a lot for 'em or what. Ain't nobody gonna kick my motorcycle! And they might think that because they're in a crowd of 300,000 people, that they can do it and get away with it. But, when you're standing there, lookin' at something that's your life and everything you've got is invested in that thing and you love that thing better than you love anything in the world, and ...
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I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
Written by Otis Redding & Jerry Butler
Performed by Ike & Tina Turner
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I can't get enough of Mick Jagger in his prime. New York City. 1969. He introduces himself and then says, "Welcome to the breakfast show." This guy is the man. But, then comes Altamont. This part is frightening. It makes you see why the 60s was so f-ed up. You've got British concert promoters playing the stereotypes to a tee. You've got hippies using the words, "groovy." You've got all the evidence to believe that flower children were as stupid as portrayed in their modern context. But, the most scary thing...it is what is. The Hells Angels are brutal. They get angry and they get picked on. The retaliate like a wild animals. People are being beaten with sticks and women are crying, but the show goes on. Yes, this was the end of peace/love. If the foundations of WOODSTOCK were to give us any hope in a hippie ideal, they were not there for THE ROLLING STONES. And, so we point the finger. But don't point it at Mick Jagger. He did his best. And, there's a freeze on him at the end, just as the roaring guitar of Keith Richards explodes into "Gimme Shelter." It is one of the coolest moments I have yet to witness on celluloid.


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