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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but also compelling, 1 April 2010
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This review is from: Gimme Shelter [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
For some Stones fans (including, it has to be said, me) this would be worth the money just for the shot of Keith Richard tapping his snakeskin boots in the Muscle Shoals mixing room.

There is of course much more substance to a film charting the self-styled greatest rock'n'roll band in the world both approaching their peak musically and getting caught up in the inevitable failure of the hippy dream. I've known for forty years what happened at Altamont, but seeing it played out is still a shocking and depressing thing.

What was good to see - apart from the music - is the sheer joy that the Stones (or at least the ones featured; Bill Wyman is notably absent except when on stage) take in the music the are recording. There is lovely bit where Mick Jagger can't contain his pride as they play back Brown Sugar to members of their management team. And one does come away with great sympathy for Jagger who seems genuinely to have being trying to do something positive by giving a free concert and to have been appalled by the way things turned out.
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