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It Was 40 Years Ago Today: The Rolling Stones Play at Altamont

(L to R) Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Mick Jagger look on as a member of the Hell's Angels patrols the stage at Altamont Speedway.

One of the darkest days in rock history was Saturday, Dec. 6, 1969, when The Rolling Stones played to a mixed crowd of hippies and Hell’s Angels at Altamont Speedway in Northern California, and naturally it was not a good mix.

The free concert was supposed to be the West Coast’s version of Woodstock, but by show’s end there were four deaths, including that of Meredith Hunter, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally stabbed by a member of the Angels after pulling a gun from his pocket.

The murder was caught on tape in Gimme Shelter, the landmark film by David and Albert Maysles┬ádocumenting┬áthe Stones’ ’69 tour across America, and it only furthured the group’s image as rough and demonic outlaws.

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