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Meredith Hunter was killed by the Hells Angels, during the Stones performance. The Stones, not aware of the event, kept playing, as they felt that the crowd would go crazy if they had decided to stop the show. Three others died at the Altamont concert, two people were run over while in their sleeping bags, and one person drowned.
Meredith Curly Hunter (October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was a male spectator at the Altamont Free Concert. During the performance by The Rolling Stones, Hunter pulled out a gun after being punched by a Hells Angel and was then stabbed to death by a Hells Angel serving as a security guard. The incident was caught on camera and became a central scene in the documentary Gimme Shelter.
1969 was een turbulent jaar voor The Rolling Stones. In juli dat jaar stierf Brian Jones op 27 jarige leeftijd. De groep was ook bij enkele grote namen (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan) die niet optraden op Woodstock dat jaar. En in december dat jaar vroegen ze The Hells Angels als security bij een festival in Californië (zie foto). Het liep uit de hand tijdens het optreden van The Rolling Stones en iemand werd neergestoken. Later zouden er nog 3 mensen door andere redenen overlijden.
Gimme Shelter | Altamont The Altamont Speedway Free Festival was an infamous rock concert held on Saturday, December 6, 1969, at the Altamont Speedway in northern California, between Tracy and Livermore. Headlined and organized by The Rolling Stones, it also featured Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Approximately 300,000 people attended the concert, and some anticipated that it would be a Woodstock West.
Altamont Free Concert "That's the way things went at Altamont — so badly that the Grateful Dead, prime organizers and movers of the festival, didn't even get to play," staff at Rolling Stone magazine wrote in a detailed narrative on the event, terming it in an additional follow-up piece "rock and roll's all-time worst day, December 6th, a day when everything went perfectly wrong."