Unplugged & Totally Uncut

Joel Selvin Altamont

August 17, 201619 min
ALTAMONT: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day (Dey Street; August 16, 2016) is Joel Selvin’s riveting and dramatic account of The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 concert. Sandwiched between the Manson Family Murders and Kent State, Altamont was part of this triple blow that is credited with being the end of a carefree, fun-loving era. What sets ALTAMONT apart is Joel dozens of in-speth interviews with key players and people who were there, including Stones tour manager Sam Cutler, eminent rock critic Greil Marcus, Altamont owner Dick Carter, and Patti Bredehoft, girlfriend of the murdered man, uncovering new details that shed a brighter light on rock’s darkest day. Among the long-buried truths he explores: •the strange presence of the mysterious Jon Jaymes, who usurped much of the organizing of the event, despite not being on the Stones’ payroll •the other, less-publicized deaths at Altamont, including a drowning and two vehicular deaths •

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