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 mostly compelling and thoughtful chronicle of the disastrous 1969 event. Lack of source notes is a notable oversight.
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
Detailed with emphasis on full discovery and exposure of time and place, this is an important account of events that have been hidden in a haze of misinformation and side-stepping since The Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway in 1969.....a very long time. Austerlitz keeps the focus on the carelessness, greed, and cowardice that led to the loss of Meredith Hunter's life at the hands of The Hells Angels, and in so doing, puts this event in its proper place in history. The famous Rolling Stone ...more
I grew up in the 60s and remember Altamont in the news. I knew that the concert was a follow-up to Woodstock and that things went horribly wrong with a concert goer being killed in a savage attack by members of the Hells Angels. This book put the facts together. The first half of the book, up to the point of the killing was fairly solid reporting on the subject. I enjoyed it.
The second half of the book was a disappointing polemic on how the counterculture failed. This was not so interesting. Th ...more
You're better off watching the Maysles brothers' acclaimed documentary Gimme Shelter (1970). The book reads like a transcript of the film, anyway.
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
Disappointing and poorly edited. The lack of footnotes — probably the decision of the publisher to save space and production costs — is particularly galling in a book that relies very heavily on factual reconstruction of long ago events. And basic fact checking is shockingly lacking. It’s hard to have much faith in a book that gets details wrong, especially about the Rolling Stones. How hard is it to fact check song titles? At times the writer uses a narrative style that suggests he was actually ...more