Unpacking the Debacle that was Altamont – August 25, 2016

A new book dissects the problems that led to rock and roll’s most notorious concert: Altamont.

The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 free concert at the Altamont speedway has become mythologized as “the end of the 60s,” a symbolic counterweight to the romanticized images of peace, love and Woodstock. But a detailed new book from veteran San Francisco music writer Joel Selvin shows that the full story of the event is much more complicated.

Joel Selvin will talk about his new book at Copperfield’s in Petaluma tomorrow night at 7 pm. He’s also got more to say about Altamont on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

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