Friday, March 2, 2012

On December 6, 1969 the Rolling Stones hosted a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in Northern California. Jefferson Airplane performed at the concert, where, during the Stones' set, 19-year-old Meredith Hunter was murdered by a member of the Hells Angels.

The Altamont Free Concert is considered one of a handful of events that signaled the end of the peace and love era. Evidence of Hunter's murder can be found in the documentary film Gimme Shelter (1970). At bottom is an excerpt -- Jefferson Airplane's version of Fred Neil's "The Other Side of This Life" (1965).


  1. Yeah..the rolling stones musts felt pretty bad about someone getting killed at their show. You always hear about bands getting super bummed out when when a stage gives away or peoPle get trampled or squashed to death.

    1. But remember guys getting killed at shows punk and metal shows about 4 or 5 times her in LA. I remember a local record shop had these snapshots of different guys killed at shows. ..anything to sell a slayer record.