Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway - Apocalypse Now

"Gimme Shelter" is a 1970 documentary film chronicling the last weeks of The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour which culminated in the Altamont Free Concert.

A fan is beaten by Hells Angels at the Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway. The rock press called it the end of innocence.
Meredith Hunter attempted to force his way onto the stage and was struck by the Hells Angels members guarding the band. He then drew a revolver before being stabbed to death.
Gimme Shelter shows a clash of two worlds – the hippy culture of San Francisco and the older, nastier, darker venom of the bikie outlaws, hired with $500 worth of free beer to protect the Stones and keep the kids off the low stage.

The British branch of Hells Angels had done this without trouble at the Stones' concert in Hyde Park earlier that year, but the northern Californian chapters were a different breed.
Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin' our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost its way

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

The floods is threat'ning my very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter, or I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
I tell you love, sister, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away
Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen. The film follows the central character, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Sheen), on a secret mission to assassinate the renegade and presumed insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Brando).

Apocalypse Now was released to wide acclaim. It was honored with the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. It is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made.