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Stanley Booth

Stanley Booth traveled with the World’s Greatest Rock-and-Roll Band in 1969 while writing The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, chapter 31 of which details the complete events of Altamont. The book was republished by A Cappella in 2000. This piece previously appeared in the Criterion Collection’s 2000 edition of Gimme Shelter.

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Gimme Shelter: The True Adventures of Altamont

The first words we hear are Sam Cutler’s: “Everybody seems to be ready—are we ready?” We were nowhere near ready for what was to come, there at the bitter end of the sixties. I remember that rainy day so well, when the opening scene of Gimme …

By Stanley Booth

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