50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin

In 1969, the Rolling Stones mounted a massive tour of the United States. It culminated in what should have been a gift to American fans, a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California. The show did not go as planned.

Beyond capturing performances from the best band in rock and roll during one of its hottest streaks, Gimme Shelter shows how the show at Altamont devolved into chaos and violence. Members of the Hells Angels were hired as security for the massive outdoor show. By the Stones' third song, "Sympathy for the Devil," the Angels were having it out with fans. Meredith Hunter, an 18-year-old black fan, died at the hands of the bikers.

The Altamont show is now thought of as the day the '60s died, and the cameras of the Maysles captured it all. —RS

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