Film of the Day: Gimme Shelter (1970)

“WHO’S FIGHTING AND WHAT FOR?!!”

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DOCUMENTARY BY THE MAYSLES BROTHERS (GREY GARDENS) ON THE STONES’ 1969 US TOUR – MOST OF THE DRAMA FOCUSES ON THEIR DECISION TO GIVE A FREE GIG IN NORTH CALIFORNIA AND HOW THE HELL’S ANGELS CAME TO BE THE EVENT’S SECURITY GUARDS – AND HOW IT ALL WENT HORRIBLY WRONG… HYDE PARK, ANYONE?

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Mick Jagger: [watching Tina Turner performing the opening of the concert] It’s nice to have a chick occasionally.

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The Ike and Tina segment in the film is – if you know anything about their relationship – the most powerful, and hair-raising part. Tina sings ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ in a call-and-response with Ike, where he feeds her the words (“I can make you say anything I want you to say, make you do anything I want you to do..” etc) and she repeats them back to him – pop-history dynamite. Of course, there’s that other band, too – the Stones, is it?

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Hells Angel: They told me, if I could sit on the stage so nobody climbed over me, I could drink beer till the show was over.

ROCK ON!!

posted by Dixie Turner

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