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Hail, Hail Rock & Roll Film Series: Gimme Shelter
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to All
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
Join us for a seven session documentary film series on Thursday evenings this spring. Focusing on American Rock and Roll, the series will look at the development of the genre from the 1950s through the late 1970s – with a grand finale screening of the classic spoof Spinal Tap!
Film Series Moderator:Dave Lussier, a Providence composer/arranger of over 350 songs. Dave has been a student of the “School of Rock” for over 35 years and brings his expertise to the PPL Film Series of classic Rock Docs.
Gimme Shelter is a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles Charlotte Zwerin chronicling the last weeks of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 U.S. tour which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. The film is named after "Gimme Shelter”, the lead track from the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed. The film was screened at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.
In December of 1969, four months after Woodstock, the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane gave a free concert in Northern California, east of Oakland at Altamont Speedway. About 300,000 people came, and the organizers put Hell's Angels in charge of security around the stage. Armed with pool cues and knifes, Angels spent the concert beating up spectators, killing at least one. The film intercuts performances, violence, Grace Slick and Mick Jagger's attempts to cool things down, close-ups of young listeners (dancing, drugged, or suffering Angel shock), and a look at the Stones later as they watch concert footage and reflect on what happened.
Running Time: 91 minutes
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours.
Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.