Huey Morgan looks at the Rolling Stones's 1969 tour which culminated in a free but troubled December concert - with the Hells Angels handling security - held at Altamont Speedway in northern California, just five months after the Stones' free Hyde Park concert and four months after Woodstock. Remembered as the concert with the fatal stabbing, it also signalled the Stones' shift to a bluesy, stadium-rock style that came to define the band's live gigs. With first-hand recollections by Georgia Bergman (Mick Jagger's personal assistant), tour business manager Ron Schneider, production manager Chip Monck, tour manager Sam Cutler, journalist Michael Lydon, photographer Ethan Russell, Guardian writer Eamonn McCabe and director Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), who with his brother David chronicled the tour in their 1970 film Gimme Shelter. Producer Des Shaw
Gimme Shelter is on Friday at 10pm on BBC4 Maconie's Music: page 39
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