The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter

DVD - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter
A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the United States, including a performance at Madison Square Garden and a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California where violence broke out between fans and Hell's Angels who were providing security. Includes performances by Ike and Tina Turner, the Jefferson Airplane and the Flying Burrito Brothers. This special version also contains never-before-seen performances from the Madison Square Garden show, audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, excerpts from KSAN Radio's Altamont wrap-up, an Altamont stills gallery featuring the work of photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower, original and re-release theatrical trailers, plus trailers for Maysles films Grey gardens and Salesman, filmographies for Maysles Films and Charlotte Zwerin, and a restoration demonstration.

Published: [United States] : Maysles Films , c2000.
Edition: 30th anniversary version.
ISBN: 0780023811
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 ROL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 31 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (43 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.)


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Nov 21, 2014

What I find particularly interesting about the dvd re-issue of this brilliant work is the essay booklet inside. One significant fact revealed in one of the essays, though not in the movie itself, is that a dispute over RIGHTS for the film is what necessitated the last minute relocation to the speedway.

Feb 10, 2012
  • WalterHughes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is much more than another concert album by the Stones. This is a documentary of a tragic event, the knifing and death of a man in front of the stage as Jagger sang. The Sixties were not all love and flowers, and many youth were pushy to the point of violence. See the Isle of Wight concert film from 1970. At Altamont, poor planning and control allowed events to get out of hand. Jagger - seen to have the audience in his hands in many concert settings - clearly was powerless in this case. The music dominates the first half of this documentary, but events take over in the second half, as the maelstrom began to spiral. The accompanying booklet includes several essays by participants in events, which give the film a context.

Aug 05, 2010
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Stones of the late 60's and early 70's are a disease I've never gotten over. Let It Bleed, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St. have fascinated me since I was in my mid-teens.

I watch this film every year. At first, it was for the music, but now that I've begun to understand the cultural and political milieu of the Bay Area at that time, it takes on the inexorability of a Greek tragedy or a train wreck. Or a Greek train wreck. Interesting related material is Sam Culter's recent memoir, and Hunter Thompson's "Hell's Angels".

Favorite moment? It's a toss-up, between Keef wiggling to Brown Sugar, and Mick Taylor listening to Wild Horses.


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