A penetrating film that turned a concert with tragically inept organization and suspect motives into an epochal cornerstone. Begun as a documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 American tour, it wound up being used by police to identify the man filmed killing an audience member at Altamont.
Bouncing around chronologically, the film shows the band performing live at Madison Square Garden; at press conferences; on a cover shoot; listening to mixes of their new songs; watching footage of the Altamont debacle on a film monitor. The location of an announced free concert by the band is
chosen-- Altamont Speedway. As soon as the concert starts, violence breaks out, with...