A look at the music and artists from rock n’ roll’s 2nd decade (1964 – 1973) and those who are still carrying on that sound today
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Altamont: The Chilling End of the 60s Spirit
On December 6th, 1969, The Rolling Stones hosted what proved to be one of the most tragic concerts ever at the Altamont Speedway, effectively silencing the rising counterculture movement and, in a sense, the 60’s themselves.
As the turbulent decade went on, what started as a utopian dream of free love and grinning madness born of sunshine and an infectious, enthusiastic hope sadly faded into screams in the dark at Altamont. The Stones front man Mick Jagger beseeched the crowd for a return to sanity, but the wave of heady change that had gone out years before had finally came crashing back in, drowning a dream.
The sixties ended in more ways than one, near the epicenter of the cultural revolution’s birthplace, San Francisco, CA. The spirit that had permeated the heart of any nation, it’s youth, was one of yearning. Yearning for change in social and racial views, an end to the decade long wars in southern Asia and an abandonment of the outdated roles gender inequality. People wanted America to live up to its slogan and truly be “The Land Of The Free.” It had been almost two hundred years since our founding, and after almost two centuries of living a lie, the drive for true freedom was gaining steam.