January 20, 2014

California


 
Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1970). A loose relationship to the previous entry: the Stones in America in 1969 was the first modern rock tour, with a live album and a documentary lined up as physical evidence or audience maximisation. As documentary realism, Gimme Shelter’s Altamont footage is unbeatably immersive and still terrifying (see gurning bad-tripper above), which is one reason it lasts – whether or not you think it’s the “end of an era”. Actually, maybe it was the start of one.