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Altamont part 2: Re-creating a day of chaos and violence

Recordings from the 1969 concert and interviews with those who were there reveal how the festival became a scene of chaos, violence and death. Episode 2 brings you inside the concert and a day many don't want to remember.

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In this episode

From the first moments, those who attended the Altamont concert say there was something off about the atmosphere. And it only got worse as the day went along. Scuffles with the Hells Angels, who were there to protect the stage, turned into outright violence. And ultimately, an 18-year-old black man named Meredith Hunter was killed just feet from where The Rolling Stones were playing their headlining set.

In this episode, interviews with the artists and others who were there, along with recordings from the concert, come together to recreate the story of that day and explore the complicated questions around how the situation devolved and whether it could have been prevented. 

[To hear about how the idea for the concert came to be, and the red flags leading up to it, listen to Episode one of this two-part series.]
 
Credits:
Reporter/host: Geoff Edgers
Production/sound design: Bishop Sand
Editing: Carol Alderman with contributions from Lillian Cunningham

Archival audio provided by:
Rhino records
Sony
George Feist 
Stefan Ponek’s recordings of KSAN radio on Dec. 7th, 1969, courtesy of Seth Ponek

About All Told

Engaging stories, important issues, new perspectives. All Told is about people -- about the struggles and triumphs of those living inside some of the biggest issues facing our country, about those whose stories rarely get told, and about what it means to be human in today's world.