Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Film Review: Gimme Shelter

In 2008, I had the amazing pleasure of meeting documentary film legend Albert Maysles at a work function. I'm embarrassed to say that at the time, I'd never seen any of his films.

Last night I watched Gimme Shelter, a documentary directed by Albert Maysles, his brother David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin that follows the Rolling Stones during the infamous Altamont Free Concert, during which 4 people died, 4 babies were born and a man was stabbed to death after pulling out a gun.

This is a great film, especially for music lovers and those who appreciate 20th Century American pop culture. Besides all the drama surrounding the incidents at the concert, this film offers viewers a glimpse into the hippy lifestyle of the 60's alongside the ups and downs of being a massive rockstar. With live performances of The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and an absolutely gorgeous Tina Turner, Gimme Shelter is a music lover's dream and educational for all of us that were merely a glimmer in our mother's eye in 1969. I highly recommend this film, but be warned, due to the nudity and violence, it's probably not a suitable choice for children.

I love a good rockumentary so if you have any recommendations, please leave a comment and let me know!


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