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The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

By Sam Sutherland

To cite Gimme Shelter as the greatest rock documentary ever filmed is to damn it with faint praise. This 1970 release benefits from a horrifying serendipity in the timing of the shoot, which brought filmmakers Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin aboard as the Rolling Stones' tumultuous 1969 American tour neared its end. By following the band to the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco for a fatally mismanaged free concert, the Maysles and Zwerin wound up shooting what's been accurately dubbed rock's equivalent to the Zapruder film. The cameras caught the ominous undercurrents of violence palpable even before the first chords were strummed, and were still rolling when a concertgoer was stabbed to death by the Hell's Angels that served as the festival's pool cue-wielding security force.

By the time Gimme Shelter reached theater screens, Altamont was a fixed symbol for the death of the 1960s' spirit of optimism. The Maysles and Zwerin used that knowledge to shape their film: their chronicle begins in the editing room as they cut footage of the Stones' Madison Square Garden performance of "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and from there moves toward Altamont with a kind of dreadful grace. The songs become prophecies and laments for broken faith ("Wild Horses"), misplaced devotion ("Love in Vain"), and social collapse ("Street Fighting Man" and, of course, "Sympathy for the Devil"). Along the way, we glimpse the folly of the machinations behind the festival, the insularity of life on the concert trail, and the superstars' own shell-shocked loss of innocence.

Gimme Shelter looks into an abyss, partly self-created, from which the Rolling Stones would retreat--but unlike its subject, the filmmakers don't blink.

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"I saw the classic Stones concert documentary Gimme Shelter back in '77 during my youth on television & it's one of the greatest rock concert documentaries ever made capturing the Rolling Stones at their finest live during their 69 tour with the finale being the tragedy at Altamont which killed flower power for the 60's generation. This classic concert documentary with the Rolling Stones defines what this legendary 60's rock band is all about with their music, their image & their attitude while Altamont is blown way out of proportion despite the Hell's Angels & the murder because there are incidents at rock concerts all the time."

--Wayne L.

 

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Director: David Maysles

Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Tina Turner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Ike Turner

Released: December 6, 1970

Availability: DVD VHS


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