Altamont

Altamont

Author Joel Selvin Duration: 19:30:26 Narrator John Pruden Publisher Harper Collins USA Favourites Listen preview preview
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Synopsis

In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock—the day that shattered the Sixties’ promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth—until now.

Altamont explores rock’s darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show—from the Stones’ hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening—to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead’s role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band’s behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security.

The product of twenty years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock’s formative and most turbulent decade.

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  • 001 Altamont

    Duration: 17s

  • 002 Chapter 01

    Duration: 21min

  • 003 Chapter 02

    Duration: 21min

  • 004 Chapter 03

    Duration: 32min

  • 005 Chapter 04

    Duration: 30min

  • 006 Chapter 05

    Duration: 22min

  • 007 Chapter 06

    Duration: 12min

  • 008 Chapter 07

    Duration: 20min

  • 009 Chapter 08

    Duration: 21min

  • 010 Chapter 09

    Duration: 26min

  • 011 Chapter 10

    Duration: 25min

  • 012 Chapter 11

    Duration: 33min

  • 013 Chapter 12

    Duration: 15min

  • 014 Chapter 13

    Duration: 23min

  • 015 Chapter 14

    Duration: 16min

  • 016 Chapter 15

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  • 017 Chapter 16

    Duration: 14min

  • 018 Chapter 17

    Duration: 21min

  • 019 Chapter 18

    Duration: 19min

  • 020 Chapter 19

    Duration: 21min

  • 021 Chapter 20

    Duration: 18min

  • 022 Chapter 21

    Duration: 23min

  • 023 Chapter 22

    Duration: 24min

  • 024 Chapter 23

    Duration: 33min

  • 025 Chapter 24

    Duration: 19min

  • 026 Chapter 25

    Duration: 33min

  • 027 Afterword

    Duration: 06min

  • 028 Credits

    Duration: 35s

  • sample

    Duration: 01min

  • 001 Altamont

    Duration: 17s

  • 002 Chapter 01

    Duration: 21min

  • 003 Chapter 02

    Duration: 21min

  • 004 Chapter 03

    Duration: 32min

  • 005 Chapter 04

    Duration: 30min

  • 006 Chapter 05

    Duration: 22min

  • 007 Chapter 06

    Duration: 12min

  • 008 Chapter 07

    Duration: 20min

  • 009 Chapter 08

    Duration: 21min

  • 010 Chapter 09

    Duration: 26min

  • 011 Chapter 10

    Duration: 25min

  • 012 Chapter 11

    Duration: 33min

  • 013 Chapter 12

    Duration: 15min

  • 014 Chapter 13

    Duration: 23min

  • 015 Chapter 14

    Duration: 16min

  • 016 Chapter 15

    Duration: 23min

  • 017 Chapter 16

    Duration: 14min

  • 018 Chapter 17

    Duration: 21min

  • 019 Chapter 18

    Duration: 19min

  • 020 Chapter 19

    Duration: 21min

  • 021 Chapter 20

    Duration: 18min

  • 022 Chapter 21

    Duration: 23min

  • 023 Chapter 22

    Duration: 24min

  • 024 Chapter 23

    Duration: 33min

  • 025 Chapter 24

    Duration: 19min

  • 026 Chapter 25

    Duration: 33min

  • 027 Afterword

    Duration: 06min

  • 028 Credits

    Duration: 35s

  • sample

    Duration: 01min