Thirty years ago this month -- on Dec. 6, to be exact -- the Altamont Speedway, located about a half-hour away from Berkeley, near Livermore, on the way to Sacramento, was the site of a free concert presented by the Rolling Stones. The band's 1969 U.S. tour (its first in three years) had been a huge success, grossing a then-unheard-of $1.25 million, and the Bay Area concert would be a way for the Stones, who'd been criticized for high ticket prices during the tour, to thank their fans. Earlier that same year, the music festival at Woodstock had been a media and generation milestone. Why, then, shouldn't Altamont, featuring "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world," become the West Coast Woodstock and a musical punctuation point to the... More >>>
The Stones today, smiling more than they did at Altamont.