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Episode from the podcastSecond Bananas

30 - Altamont Free Concert

Released Tuesday, 9th November 2021
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The Banana Boyz dig into the Anti-Woodstock that was the Altamont Free Concert. Considered by some "The Day the Music Died", it was a Free Concert put on by The Rolling Stones in Northern California.

Wary of cops, they hired The Hells Angels to do security, and last-minute changes to the venue resulted in unsafe stages, bad acid trips & massive overcrowding. 4 people died, including Meredith Hunter, a young black man, who was stabbed to death by the Hells' Angels.


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Barger, S.(2000). Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and The Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club. Fourth Estate.

The Rolling Stones Disaster at Altamont: Let It Bl… (Rolling Stone)

Altamont Free Concert (Wikipedia)

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