A thrilling account of the Altamont Festival--and the dark side of the '60s.If Woodstock tied the ideals of the '60s together, Altamont unraveled them.In Just a Shot Away, writer and critic Saul Austerlitz tells the story of "Woodstock West," where the Rolling Stones hoped to end their 1969 American tour triumphantly with the help of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and 300,000 fans. Instead the concert featured a harrowing series of disasters, starting with the concert's haphazard planning. The bad acid kicked in early. The Hells Angels, hired to handle security, began to prey on the concertgoers. And not long after the Rolling Stones went on, an 18-year-old African-American named Meredith Hunter was stabbed by the Angels in front of the stage.The show, and the Woodstock high, were over.Austerlitz shows how Hunter's death came to symbolize the end of an era while the trial of his accused murderer epitomized the racial tensions that still underlie America. He also finds a sil...
|Title||:||Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont Reviews
A good read but not awesome. I like the author’s attempt to humanise Meredith Hunter, the teen allegedly stabbed to death by the Hells Angels at Altamont in 1969. Some good interviews with key players certainly shed some new light but there was a fair bit of repetition throughout this book.
The point was laboured very heavily - hells angels / greatly dead bad; stones - callow, unsympathetic and hunter - just a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. I did enjoy some of the socioeconomic ...more
A mostly compelling and thoughtful chronicle of the disastrous 1969 event. Lack of source notes is a notable oversight.
This is quite simply the best rock history book I have ever read.
I was too young to know about what happened at Altamont at the time, but as I grew older and became interested in music, I learned a bit about "the day the music died." (One of them, anyway.)
The book resonates and haunts because it doesn't just address the lack of planning and the disastrous choice of the Hells Angels as security. It also looks at the troubled life of Meredith Hunter, the 18-year-old African-American man who was k ...more
Austerlitz does a good job of bringing Meredith Hunter to life through accounts of his troubled family life, which was mitigated somewhat by his sister Dixie, who raised him. The author also has a solid feel for what it was like in the crush of the crowd near the tiny stage that was bristling with Hell's Angels. Lastly, he gives full attention to the aftermath of the concert - the making of the film, and the trial of the Hell's Angel who drew first blood in the killing of Meredith Hunter.
You're better off watching the Maysles brothers' acclaimed documentary Gimme Shelter (1970). The book reads like a transcript of the film, anyway.