The Blood and the Stones

From The Star:

Four months after the love-in of Woodstock, the Stones played a fateful, fatal concert on Dec. 6, 1969 – and its stain on rock ‘n’ roll has lingered ever sinc.

Altamont, it could only happen to the Stones, man. Let’s face it. It wouldn’t happen to the Bee Gees and it wouldn’t happen to Crosby, Stills and Nash. –Keith Richards, 1971

In the middle of the night before the `free’ Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco, Keith Richards drove to the last-minute site with the filmmaking team of Albert and David Maysles. The car passed a group of kids ripping apart a fence just for the hell of it.

Richards stared.

“The first act of violence,” he quipped.

On the DVD commentary he recorded for the 2000 release of the definitive Altamont documentary Gimme Shelter, Albert Maysles remembers looking back on what was about to transpire during the following day – Dec. 6, 1969 – and wondering, how did he know?

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  • Bruce Joyner

    The Stones were aware that dark forces existed all aound them at the time of Altamont .They were friends with Kenneth Anger and other students of the Path. I don't think they knew the darkness was as strong as it manifested at their concert…There is no control over chaos…you just ride and hang on..and they did.

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