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    They don’t teach Altamont in school

    They don’t teach Altamont in school

    Steve Haywood at Power Line (h/t Instapundit) has a good post pointing out how the Occupy movement moved quickly from Woodstock to Altamont:

    Numerous observers have pointed out how the media and liberals (sorry for the redundancy) lavished sympathy on Occupy Wall Street until it became untenable to continue, after which they began to airbrush their previous encomia.  They seem to forget that what begins as Woodstock somehow always ends up as Altamont….

    A few months later the attempted sequel to Woodstock at California’s Altamont Pass ended violently when the Hells Angels hired as stage security proved they were not yet ready to be part of the Age of Aquarius.  The Hells Angels beat a concertgoer to death just a few feet in front of Mick Jagger, who was in the middle of singing “Sympathy for the Devil.”  In contrast to the encomiums to Woodstock, there was little media commentary suggesting that Altamont showed a dark side of the counterculture.

    They don’t teach Altamont at school.  I’d be willing to bet that only 1 in 1000 of the yutes under 50 even have heard about it.  It’s the problem I have noticed elsewhere where liberal truisms are based on memory, not history.

    Here’s Altamont:


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    I didn’t realize I was a history nerd until now.

    (New commenter, but frequent reader— thoroughly enjoy all your posts.)

    Many years ago while browsing in a bookstore, I came across an interview with Hells Angel’s Sonny Barger about the incident at Altamont. He gave a credible account showing Jagger’s culpability. As Aussie pointed out, the so-called victim was brandishing a pistol.

    The Stones were not singing Sympathy For The Devil. This is an urban myth. The guy the HA stabbed had shot an Angel.

    Mojave Wally | November 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

    The video is from the documentary Gimme Shelter, which had wide theatrical release. It recorded one of the deaths at Altamont. The book Up and Down with the Rolling Stones by Tony Sanchez has an account of the concert and claims that there were 4 deaths. Meredith Hunter was one. Another young man drowned in a drainage canal. It isn’t clear who the others were. The audience and HA were screwed up on drugs and alcohol and waited in the cold while the Stones delayed the beginning of their set. There were many fights in the crowd, some involving knives. Drug-crazed kids kept trying to climb up on the stage only to be beaten with pool cues and kicked with steel-toed boots.

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