It’s been 50 years since the movie “The Rolling Stones in Gimmy Shelter” was released. How did Mick, Keith, and the members bring the ultimate rock and roll horror movie to the world? Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine told me.
Fifty years ago, on December 6th, The Rolling Stones released the movie The Rolling Stones in Gimmy Shelter. This extremely infamous documentary begins with bad boys from England in the last few days of the 1969 tour and progresses to a free tragic concert at the Altamont Speedway. And finally, it looks like the ultimate rock and roll horror movie. This time-capsule documentary directed by Albert and David Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwellin hesitates to watch it again, but now that live music has disappeared over the past nine months, that Altamont Even the end of the tragedy is intriguing. However, it is difficult to see this work in 2020 unless you are prepared. “For a few minutes at Jefferson Airplane, I endure the drug-mob bikers swinging down the billiards cue.”
The “Rolling Stones in Gimmy Shelter” (* released in Japan on December 25, 1971), released in 1970, seems to be a combination of two movies. The first half shows the end of the Stones US tour from Madison Square Garden to Muscle Shoals, and the second half is Altamont. That is, sex is in the first half and violence is in the second half. In other words, the band makes history in the first half, and history strips the band in the second half. And the number one reason this rock mentality is so well known is in the second half. However, the first half is a fine work where you can enjoy wild music, and it is shocking that the live band will reach its peak. The best moment comes after Stones plays “Honky Tonk Woman”. A body-fitting catsuit and a red scarf, Mick Jagger, bounce. “I feel like I’ve flipped the button on my pants,” he confesses to the audience, “you guys don’t want to see my pants fall?”
The audience would definitely have wanted to see Mick’s pants fall off.
The Albert and David Maysles were unable to participate in most of the Stones’ US tours, only to the New York show at the end of November (Zwellin participated in the editing phase). Nonetheless, the Maysles brothers fully capture the appearance of Stones, who shoots a barrage of fire at the audience with a performance that even feels majestic. At the beginning of the movie, Mick sends a glance to the fans, saying, “We are watching each of you.” “Show me your best. Hey, everyone in New York City is talking too much … it’s our turn to see you!” Keith Richards lays down on the sofa at Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama, listening to “Wild Horse” playback with a satisfying look, and “I ve had my freedom, but I dont have” to Mick’s vocals. Move your lips with “much time”. Its face is incredibly young and pure. When Keef and Mick are listening to a rough mix of “Brown Sugar” in a hotel room, the jumping appearance is like a shallow child. Asked at a press conference, “Have you found a satisfaction?”, Mick replies that he is “financially dissatisfied, sex is satisfied, and enlightenment is in the process of striving.”
In addition, Mick explains why he wanted to host a US tour of the Stones at a free festival on December 6th in the Bay Area, the sanctuary of hippies. “There’s a microcosm society there, and it’s a good example of a big rally in the United States other than his place,” he said.
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That’s right, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected. Everyone now knows how this festival ended. The concert venue was changed to the desolate Altamont Speedway 36 hours before the event. Then, the Health Angels, who had a billiard cue in their hands and beat the audience until they were bleeding with the cue, took control of the stage. Mick tries to calm the situation by saying, “Brothers and sisters, stop it! Everyone, keep calm!” While the yak in the front row is waving with Smith & Wesson’s 22-caliber pistol in his hand, bikers stab the man with a knife and kill him. This pattern is captured in the camera, and it happened while Stones was playing “Under My Thumb” tens of centimeters away.
Two days before Altamont, the Grateful Dead released the best new song at Fillmore West. That is the “Uncle Johns Band”, which has the theme of a new hippie utopian dream. Imagine if the Grateful Dead was playing at Altamont … and you’d see a pretty surrealistic sight. It’s possible that Jerry Garcia’s scene of singing “Are you kind?” To the bikers rampaging in the spectators has entered “~ Gimme Shelter”. However, Dead had heard of the possibility of a riot in advance and stopped appearing just saying, “I’m sorry, we’re quitting.” Instead, Garcia and Phil Lesh were informed of the riot in the dressing room, and Jerry said, “What a hell, I’m here,” and then Phil said, “That’s wrong, at all.” It is inserted in “Gimmy Shelter”.
Zhang himself, who brought the Health Angels to Altamont, was the Grateful Dead, but the film didn’t mention how that happened (Dead manager Rock Scully said, “The Angels are decent guys. Honor and dignity. Those who had it, “he told Stones. But as the dangerous atmosphere began to drift, Dead jumped on the nearest helicopter. As a result, there was a blank period of two hours before the Stones appeared on stage, with no music played. This made the situation worse. The book A Long Strange Trip, written by Grateful Dead’s official chronicle editor Dennis McNally, states that Dead was talking about astrology while looking at the night sky in a helicopter fleeing Altamont. There is.
One of the weirdest elements in Dead’s history is his obsession with thugs, who couldn’t eliminate his desire to be swayed by tough men. It can be inside or outside the band. The Altamont case is due to Dead’s longing for the Angels as a band, at which time the general public believes that their attachments and desires were completely fulfilled. However, Dead blamed the incident for Stones’ karma. Scully told Rolling Stone, “It’s really Stones’ fault. That scenario was made by them. They did it for the money they paid. Just like Let it bleed.” A few weeks later, Dead released a song on the subject. That is “New Speedway Boogie”. Robert Hunter, who wrote the lyrics, wasn’t there. He didn’t go to the festival because he wanted to see the movie “Easy Rider”. This was the most sensible decision of the day.
“~ Gimmy Shelter” contains groovy live footage of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Jefferson Airplane (Santana and CSNY also appear, with young George Lucas shooting crew. Was a member). Early in the Airplane set, vocalist Marty Balin was attacked by several people and was completely knocked out. “Don’t touch your body unless you love each other,” said absent-minded Grace Slick, blaming both the Angels and the fans. “You guys are both crazy now” (this was an early statement of “false balance”, and with this concept at the time, this statement by Slick would be a supplement to the New York Times’ top news. It may have been posted).
If you have the opportunity to watch this movie in a movie theater, please enjoy one of the inevitable scenes of laughter in fear. Yes, that dog. While the Stones are playing “The Song of Mercy for the Devil,” armed clashes intensify in the audience, but suddenly a German Shepherd appears on the stage and crosses in front of the Stones. Mick, sorry for the injuries. At this stage, when he tried to create a universe and reached the level of the Russian Revolution, a German Shepherd appeared, and everything became a sketch of Monty Python.
Starring in a 1969 California nightmare movie, the dog has held the record of winning the All-Time Best Dog Actor Award for years. However, Brad Pitt’s buddy Brandy, who starred in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” last year, took the place. If this happens, Quentin Tarantino should make his “~ Gimmy Shelter”. Tarantino is endowed with a natural talent for drawing fantasies that are the exact opposite of historical facts, so in the Tarantino version of Altermont, Keith Richards will surely transform his guitar into a flamethrower and say, “There’s a guy who orders fried sauerkraut. You will win at the last minute by yelling “?”
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Let’s go back to “~ Gimmy Shelter”. One of the fascinating characters in this film is Melvin Belli, a lawyer on the East Coast of the Stones. His phone scene and press conference scene are the most entertaining of the film. In response to a complaint that the festival music was pain in the ass, Berry said, “(In response to ass) I can’t be a proctologist. Tell me what you want me to do.” reply. Berry is a prominent lover of publicity and has appeared once in Star Trek (appeared as the villain Gorgan in Season 3 “And the Children Shall Lead”). He always claimed that he wasn’t an unscrupulous lawyer, saying, “Because I arrive at the hospital before the ambulance.”
However, Berry had a strange habit of always being involved in one of the most important things in history. Mick Jagger only dealt with the assassination of Kennedy in the song, “I shouted out,” Who killed the Kennedys? “, But Berry was actually involved in the post-assassination event. And it was far deeper than the perception of ordinary Stones fans. Berry was a lawyer on the Ruby side when Jack Ruby was tried for shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. A surprising coincidence is that he was the lawyer for the criminal Sirhan Sirhan in the assassination of Robert Kennedy (not to mention that both Ruby and Sirhan Sirhan were identified as single offenders). In short, Berry had a long and deep connection with the establishment, which Stones believed to have rebelled against. With that in mind, his approach at Altamont raises questions. It was Berry who made the last-minute decision to change the venue to a speedway, and he assured that the decision would make the festival safe.
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The legend of Altamont is still alive today with the documentary “~ Gimmy Shelter”. In fact, there have been a lot of concerts worse than Altamont. I’ve seen it, and I’m sure there are some readers like that (Woodstock 99 and others were not only dead and vandalism, but also Jamiroquai’s set, right? Jeez). That’s what the drunkards were all the more violent in the 70’s NFL games, and the (New England) Patriots games were pretty good. There was even a murder in the parking lot of Schaefer Stadium. However, the incident at that time is not recorded at all like this movie. This documentary may not be the best concert movie. I would highly recommend “Monterey Pop Festival 67” directed by DA Penny Baker. However, “~ Gimme Shelter” is a work that firmly scoops up the light and darkness of the rock’n’roll dream, and depicts both the height that flips and the bottom that collapses. The first half is as fun and exciting as “Monterley Pop”, but the second half is “Night of the Living Dead”. However, both are definitely memorable. Yes, Let it bleed.