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The event is unfortunately remembered for being poorly organized with outbreaks of considerable violence, including the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter
as well as three accidental deaths. The event was documented by filmmakers Albert and David Maysles
and was released as the film "Gimme Shelter" in 1970.
The Center for Sacramento History's own film and video specialist Mahlon Picht
was at the event "...working for the Maysles Bros. as a member of one of the Altamont film crews, clipboard in hand, keeping data of the shots and scenes by the cinematographer. I remember it being very dirty, loud, and unpleasant."
In this clip, shot early in the day, Santana is heard performing "Jin-go-lo-ba" with scenes of the many colorful characters at this historic event that for many represented the end of the counterculture movement of the late 1960's.
Source: original 16mm film elements
Accession number: KCRASP 025
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