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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by getbent, Jul 5, 2020.
George Lucas (that George Lucas) was a cameraman at Altamont.
I couldn't sleep the other night and watched Gimme Shelter. What struck me the most was how off his game Mick was. He seemed dissatisfied with the playback of his media availability moments (justifiably so), and his performances seemed to lack his characteristic exuberance.
geez what a career lucas has/had
I think he only did some weird super long shot! He was clueless about the "fun" in front of the stage.
Martin Scorsese was one of the editors of Woodstock, and around the same time, Steven Spielberg directed the pilot for Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Peter Biskind's 1999 book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, is a highly readable account of the young Turks who were desperate to enter into a fat, bloated, dying American film industry in the late 1960s, establish a foothold, make brilliant movies, and then become dissipated themselves through an insatiable desire for white powder.
It's an awesome documentary, for its music (the Stones near their peak), its recording of the language of late '60s hippies and with the Maysles Brothers' cameras and their editing techniques. They were fluidly cutting back and forth between the events surrounding the stage at Altamont, and then Charlie and in particular Mick coldly reacting to them in the editing room. But then, it's often the case that somebody with the clout to get a documentary made about him or herself ends up getting badly burned by the finish product. See also: Let It Be, Chuck Berry in Hail, Hail Rock & Roll, and Anna Wintour in The September Issue.
Are you saying HE'S the reason the Storm Troopers got out of control?
No, the Hell's Angels were actually able to kill someone.
George was lucky - better than Star Wars.
Apparently that was a thing with Mick around that time, seeing as how he didn’t let Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus come out.
IIFC Altamont was the day after their Muscle Shoals sessions.
boy, we got some preachers here on TDPRI. Guys who weren't there, and didn't live through it, but know everything about it from reading books, I guess. And are all too happy to pass judgement.
One caveat is that what we see is what the Maysles wanted us to see. This was when the Stones were transitioning from 60s British Invasion phenoms into The Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World. This was the tour of Get Your Ya Ya's Out. I think this was when Mick & Keith took charge.
What “judgement” is being passed here?
- Mick’s decision to delay coming on stage ...
- if you invite a tiger to lunch, don’t be surprised when someone gets eaten
-would love to see the Burrito’s full set
- don’t really blame the Angel for belting Marty. I always found JA (with the exception of Jorma) to be especially annoying and “far out man !”
- the Stones/their crew solved “the reason the Beatles stopped touring” on their ‘69 tour.
- Lucas is a many of many talents/accomplishments but directing ? Well, his batting record is actually pretty good ! 2 out of 7
Like Robbie Robertson and the Last Waltz?
Jerry invited the Angels is the way I heard it.
I never knew that Mr. Lucas was a cameraman - but that explains a lot .
@getbent - Is this going to be a new weekly installment? Maybe a Keef Moment of Zen ReIssue?