Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

  • Title: Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day
  • Author: Joel Selvin
  • ISBN: 9780062444257
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Altamont The Rolling Stones the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock s Darkest Day 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 co
    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 DecembIn 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 20 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 16 pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock s formative and most turbulent decade.

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    About Joel Selvin


    1. San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Joel Selvin started covering rock shows for the paper shortly after the end of the Civil War His writing has appeared in a surprising number of other publications that you would think should have known better.


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    1. Subtitled, “The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day,” this is an incredibly well written account of the Rolling Stones 1969 tour of America and, arguably, one of the best music history books that I have read. It begins with Rock Scully, manager of the Grateful Dead, landing at Heathrow and being arrested on drugs charges. Finally released, he met up with the Rolling Stones, who, at the end of the Sixties, were not in a good place. The band were effec [...]

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    2. Superb account of the events leading up to Altamont, and the aftermath Before I read this book all I knew about Altamont was gleaned from the Gimme Shelter film and a few magazine articles. Joel Selvin recognised that the accepted narrative was far too simplistic and so he wrote 'Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day' to delve deeper, and set the record straight. It's superb. A forensic examination of all the key players, and the events that l [...]

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    3. Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hell Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day by Joel Selvin is a 2016 Dey Street Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the sixties decade. So many changes took place in that ten years, so much of it sad and dark, but the music scene was absolutely dynamic and even now, all these years later, the music is a mainstay, still purchased [...]

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    4. An incredible read. This is one of the great books of music history. I am quite certain this will be one of my favorite non fiction books of 2016. There was a staggering amount of research done for this book and it shows. If you are at all interested in the sixties, music, or just well written history, or if you've seen the movie, read this book.

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    5. 300,000 PEOPLE + DRUGS + BOOZE + GANGS: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?ALTAMONT has special meaning for me, since I live very close to Altamont. Of course, I've heard a lot about Woodstock, but very little about this "West Coast cousin" of Woodstock. Much of the earlier part of ALTAMOUNT describes the decisions that led up to the concert. There were lots of frustrations trying to find a venue in San Francisco. Time was running short, so Altamont was a last-minute choice. The arrangements were hast [...]

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    6. (2 1/2) A friend of mine told me about this after hearing Selvin on NPR. Selvin is a respected rock writer, I have read a couple of his books. This one is mostly remarkable in the incredibly unprofessional way this concert was dealt with. We perceive these guys and their operators to be big time business moguls, totally on top of everything. Well, guess what; it was 1969, Jagger was 25, everybody had their hands out and no one was really minding the store. No surprise that it turned out to be a [...]

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    7. I have seen Gimme Shelter at least ten times and read various accounts of the concert in books about the Rolling Stones. Although it was portrayed as a true horror show, this book by a veteran San Francisco insider sheds light on a lot of things that were whitewashed. According to Selvin, the true blame falls squarely on the Stones because they were the ones who wanted a free concert to end their film on a dramatic high.It certainly seems there were those in their camp who recklessly moved the d [...]

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    8. Standing on line at Stony Brook in 1976 for a Billy Joel concert. The show was general admission, and they were four hours past showtime but still had not let anyone in. A rumor of something started, and the press of the crowd lifted me off my feet and knocked the air out of me. I couldn't protest; I couldn't move; all I could do is hope that I didn't fall and get trampled to death. Of course, a couple of years later, 11 people died at a Who concert under very similar circumstances - trampled to [...]

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    9. If your only knowledge of the tragedy of the free concert at Altamont Raceway comes from the Maysles' Brothers documentary "Gimme Shelter", you haven't heard the whole story. Author Joel Selvin takes us back to that dark day and examines the various unstoppable forces that to the concert and the aftermath.The film would have viewers believe that the Rolling Stones and the Hell's Angels were largely responsible for the bad trip that was Altamont. Selvin aptly points fingers at plenty of other cul [...]

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    10. Growing up in the sixties was crazy. It was a sad, dark, wild era filled with the best music. The songs of the sixties still roll around in my head. I always wanted to learn the true story of Altamont, The Stones and the Hells Angels. This was a fascinating book, filled with history and insights.

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    11. A very good book about the rock scene of the '60s and about the Stones and Dead in particular. I learned a lot about Sam Cutler, the Stones and how the Grateful Dead figured in this debacle. It was interesting to read about how Mickey Hart's dad (Lenny) ripped the Dead off and how Bill Wyman did not talk to Keith Richards for 10 years as he (Richards) sank into his heroin bubble. Gram Parsons also is nicely profiled here and I am glad I did not know him. I was amazed at how out-of-it the Stones [...]

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    12. I found this book surprisingly upsetting, as Selvin walks us through the train wreck of setting up the Altamont concert, the extraordinary number of stupid and thoughtless decisions, and then the problems that ensued (including four deaths, including a murder caught on camera and immortalized in Gimme Shelter). It provides quite an enlightening window into the music scene of the 1960s, the ways in which San Francisco expectations differed from London expectations, the change in how drugs were be [...]

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    13. Wow, what a great book that grabs you. I read the first few chapters, then a couple more, then on my third go-round I read most of the rest of the book. When you get into the final days before the concert, it really starts moving and the pages turn.The book does a great job telling all sides of the story, and giving you just about everything we know. For instance, I didn't know that there was a young teen that drowned, or that three people were run over after the concert. The build-up and tellin [...]

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    14. A detailed and well-rounded history book. It lays the groundwork for what happened at Altamont, then tells the story through the eyes of various people who were there.

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    15. Very thorough account of Altamont and how it came to be. I feel like the author is a bit too harsh on The Stones, who get the brunt of the blame even though the Dead involved the Hell's Angels. Still a good read.

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    16. I like many others knew the backstory of Altamont, but this book truly takes a fascinating deep dive into what went wrong for a concert that on the surface, should have been an event that celebrated great music, the end of the 60's and the hippie idealism. As you'll read in the book, the preparation for this concert may have been a disaster for 300 people, much less 300,000 concert goers.If you are in to rock n roll history as I am, you will enjoy this book, and at points cringe at the oncoming [...]

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    17. I was born a couple of years after this concert took place. But, I had always heard about it and my curiosity won out when I saw the audiobook was available. I was really hoping for something more extensive than that would give me insight into what happened that day. Essentially, it comes down to a perfect storm of events that included, but was not limited to, poor planning, an inadequate stage, greed, drugs and $500 worth of beer. What a clusterf*ck.I found this book to be very well researched [...]

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    18. Altamont has always fascinated me in much the way that the Kennedy assassination fascinates others. I became a big Stones fan in the late 1970s when I was a young teenager and when I got into high school in the early '80s, Gimme Shelter was often played at theaters as a "midnight movie" offering. This was the first time that I saw the movie and I must admit that at that time, I was more interested in ogling Keith Richards than paying attention to what was actually happening in the film.A few yea [...]

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    19. This excellent history of the tragic 1969 Altamont concert, considered by most to signal the "end of the sixties," was full of information I didn't previously know. Selvin documents the hubris and poor decision making involved in the "planning" of the concert, goes into details of the concert itself, and then a good third of the book deals with the aftermath of the event. Briskly written, this is a page turner. The book could have used another round of edits I think, but perhaps that could be sa [...]

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    20. I wasn't sure that I wanted to read another word about Altamont, but seeing some reviews and comments on social media, I decided to give it a try. Selvin grabs the reader right away and tells a compelling tale of trouble on the rock 'n roll scene in its early days. Although Mick Jagger may take more individual blame here than he deserves--the whole failure of Altamont seems more the result of great naivete, lack of experience and leadership, and the greed and misunderstanding of an array of pers [...]

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    21. Joel Selvin brings the reader back to December of 1969. A time of the Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway. It was the day that shattered the sixties promise of peace and love. It was a sad day when a concert goer was killed by a member of the hells angels. They were a notorious biker club whom had been hired as security that fateful day. And so much more. Featuring lovely keepsake photos. THANK YOU GOOD READS FIRST READS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!!

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    22. It has stars just for being an interesting story. The author just tells the story, without comment, for 3/4 of the book. In the last bit, he breaks out terrible metaphors to attempt to put a moral on it and give it some analysis. But he didn't manage to convince me of anything.

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    23. The darkest day in Rock & Roll finally gets a full, unflinching light shown upon it in this gripping account of the infamous "free" outdoor concert in Altamont, CA, headlined by the Rolling Stones, that cost more, in brutality and blood, than any musical event before or since

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    24. Incredibly detailed and insightful look into a pivotal moment not only in the Stones legacy, but the entire 'Rock as an industry' evolution. The dialogue and narrative are so well documented that this book reads like a novel.

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    25. Not a big Stones fan at the time and didn't pay much attention to Altamont. Enjoyed reading the book. That concert was in bad shape almost from the very beginning and did nothing but get worse. Glad I missed it.

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    26. Altamont remains perhaps the most notorious event in the history of popular music. It was The Rolling Stones’ attempt to recreate the “the myth of Woodstock” by putting on a free concert in San Francisco. But, as the author Joel Selvin relates in this mesmerising book, Altamont’s bid to recreate the carefree, hippie spirit of the 1960s would – out of naivete, a complete lack of planning and sheer incompetence - end in utter chaos and carnage.Selvin meticulously retraces the steps that [...]

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    27. Anyone having watched “Gimme Shelter” multiple times or having an interest in the history of the 60s—especially the music of the era—will find “Altamont” a dark, compulsively readable account of the infamous concert. “Altamont” expands, clarifies and ultimately overshadows the classic film of the event by exposing the real participants and their confused and often contradictory motives for the creation of this free concert. While the book was enthralling, I do question several of [...]

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    28. Almost 50 Years Later, We Finally Get the Full StoryI first saw “Gimme Shelter” in 1982, when I was in high school; the mesmerizing and haunting documentary intrigued me because it clearly left many questions unanswered. The past 30+ years, I have desperately and fruitlessly searched for the missing pieces of the Altamont puzzle (even meeting a supposed Altamont attendee at a 2005 Stones concert didn’t help). Thankfully, Joel Selvin decided to fill in the blanks with his book ALTAMONT. I h [...]

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    29. I've hear snippets about the infamous Altamont concert for years now and I've always wondered how lethal beatings could have happened during a concert. This question was mostly informed by my own concert-going and the visible presence of security there. Joel Selvin's book helped clear up my confusion and put the events at Altamont (and the 60's rock scene) into a larger perspective for me. In my mind, this book was definitely worth the read.What I most appreciated about this book was how objecti [...]

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    30. Joel Selvin writes a great chronology of the events leading up to the ill-fated Altamont concert as well as its aftermath. His portraits of the key players (Grateful Dead, Meredith Hunter, Rolling Stones, Hell's Angels, Jefferson Airplane, assorted hangers-on) were vivid and provided great context as to why things went horribly wrong. The pieces were all there, but Selvin puts them altogether, albeit with his bias. I sensed more empathy with the SF musicians than the interlopers from London, but [...]

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