Gimme Shelter | The Maysles Brothers

Gimme Shelter

90’ / 1970 Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
Filmed by: irmáns Maysles
Editor: Charlotte Zwerin
Contributing film editors : Ellen Giffard, Robert Farren, Joanne Burke, Kent McKinney
Associate producer: Porter Bibb
Called “the greatest rock film of the greatest rock and roll band,” this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour that lead up to the free concert at the Altamont Speedway in San Francisco. Before an estimated crowd of 300,000 people, the Stones headlined a free concert featuring Ike & Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Santana. Concerned about security, members of outlaw biker gang The Hell's Angels were asked to help maintain order. Instead, an atmosphere of fear and dread arose, leading ultimately to the stabbing death of a young, gun toting, fan by a member of the Hell's Angels. What began as a flower-power love-in had degenerated into a near riot; frightened, confused faces wondering how the Love Generation could, in one swift, cold-blooded slash, became a generation of disillusionment and disappointment. December 6, 1969: the day the Sixties died.