The Rolling Stones at Altamont: Bikers, Blood, and the End of the '60s

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By Jake Brennan

The Rolling Stones at Altamont: Bikers, Blood, and the End of the '60s

Tuesday, 3 December

The Rolling Stones, the most dangerous band on the planet, envisioned their free concert at the Altamont speedway outside San Francisco as the triumphant capstone to their 1969 tour: a west coast Woodstock, and a celebration of free love and hippiedom. But the festival, thrown together in under seventy two hours and with security managed by Hell’s Angels paid in beer, was fated for a tragic and violent end... just like the ‘60s themselves.

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