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Watch Short Film About Murder Victim At Notorious Rolling Stones Concert

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by Sergio
August 30, 2012 1:40 PM
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One of the most notorious rock concerts ever was the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, California in 1969. It was supposed to be the West Coast answer to the Woodstock festival, which took place a few months earlier in New York.

Unfortunately Altamont became famous for something quite the opposite.

It was someone's brilliant idea to have the infamous criminal biker gang, the Hell’s Angels, provide security for the event, which, in effect, meant there was NO security at all, and instead rampant crime and thuggery.

It sadly ended up with someone in the audience beaten and stabbed to death by a member of the Angels gang, who was later acquitted. 

The concert became the subject of one of the most famous rock music documentaries ever made, 1971’s Gimme Shelter by David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, who thought they were going to make another concert film like Warner Bros Woodstock concert film, but wound up with something else instead (Trivia note: George Lucas was one of cameramen on the film, but his camera jammed during the concert).

But little, if anything at all, has been said or written about the murder victim, a young 18 year old black man, Meredith Miller. Not even the Maylses film examines who he was, except to show footage of him getting killed.

Today he is still unknown, buried in an unmarked grave, lost to faded memory.

So, in a small way, to acknowledge him as a human being who had a life and a family, back in 2006, filmmaker Sam Green, made a 10-minute short film about Miller, titled Lot 63, Grave C.

Please take a look. It’s very well worth it:

Special h/t to Ken Wyatt

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9 Comments

  • Critical Acclaim | August 31, 2012 1:37 AMReply

    Not a fan of a lot of your posts, but this was excellent and thank you. Very moving. I wish you'd share more of your clearly deep film knowledge as opposed to just stirring stuff up to stir it up. This was great.

  • BluTopaz | August 31, 2012 9:43 AM

    The article on Toxi was very moving, I was not familiar with the young actress nor film before and it made me a little teary.

  • sergio | August 31, 2012 9:33 AM

    (...Not a fan of a lot of your posts) WHO IS? (...as opposed to just stirring stuff up to stir it up) THAT''S WHAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING! People need to have things stirred up in their lives. And if you want more of this stuff this read my article on the German film Toxi (http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/more-than-a-few-words-about-post-war-german-cinema-race-and-toxi)

  • ms.stone | August 30, 2012 11:51 PMReply

    Powerful.

  • ALM | August 30, 2012 10:06 PMReply

    Sad, sad, sad.....

  • justsaying | August 30, 2012 7:55 PMReply

    Wow...

  • Nicole | August 30, 2012 7:40 PMReply

    He has a headstone now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Meredith_Hunter_headstone.jpg

    "In 2006, filmmaker Sam Green released a short documentary titled Lot 63, Grave C (Hunter's gravesite), which revolves around the last day of Hunter's life and the unmarked grave where he was buried.[13] After the film screened widely at film festivals, several people sent donations to the cemetery to buy Meredith Hunter a headstone. The headstone was installed in 2008."

  • Nicole | August 30, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    Wow. This is the first time I've heard of this. To see that 2 seconds of footage and know that a person's life is ending right before your eyes...is...chilling.

    It's sad that his life ended and his body was just thrown in the ground. No marker. Nothing.

    Chilling.

  • Nadine | August 30, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    From what I'm reading, it seems the Angel's singled out Hunter as the "one to watch" in the crowd not allowing him to get on stage with other audience members through assaulting him (punching him in the face and throwing him back). Of course, no one would know why that was............................. O_o. Enraged and on amphetamines (just like the rest of the concert goers), Hunter pulled out a gun making the stabbing of Hunter by the H. Angel, self-defense... "Hunter, an 18-year-old from Berkeley, California, was nicknamed "Murdock" and described by friends to be a flashy dresser with a big Afro. Hunter, his girlfriend Patty Bredahoff, and another couple traveled from Berkeley to attend the Altamont Free Concert.[1][2]

    The Hells Angels had been hired to provide security for the concert in a deal that was rumoured to include $500 worth of beer.[3] They stood directly in front of the bands in an effort to keep people off the unusually low stage.

    Fueled by LSD and large amounts of amphetamines, the crowd had also become antagonistic and unpredictable, attacking each other, the Angels, and the performers. By the time the Rolling Stones took stage in the early evening, the mood had taken a decidedly ugly turn as numerous fights began to erupt between Angels and crowd members and within the crowd itself. Projectiles started being thrown at the stage. The Angels retaliated by hurling back full cans of beer from their stockpile and swinging sawed-off weighted pool cues and motorcycle chains to drive the crowd farther back from the stage.

    Lead singer Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones (who had already been punched by a concertgoer within seconds of emerging from his helicopter[4]) was visibly intimidated by the unruly situation, urging everyone to "Just be cool down in the front there, don't push around." Within a minute of starting their third song, "Sympathy for the Devil", a fight erupted in the front of the crowd, at the foot of the stage. After a lengthy pause and another appeal for calm, the band restarted "Sympathy" and continued their set with less incident until the start of "Under My Thumb". At this point, two of the Hell's Angels got into a scuffle with Hunter when he attempted to get onstage with other fans. One of the Hell's Angels grabbed Hunter's head, punched him, and chased him back into the crowd.

    After a few seconds Hunter angrily returned to the front of the stage where, according to Gimme Shelter producer Porter Bibb, Hunter's girlfriend Patty Bredahoff found him and tearfully begged him to calm down and move farther back in the crowd with her. By her report he was enraged, irrational and "so high he could barely walk".[5] Rock Scully, who could see the audience clearly from the top of a truck by the stage, noticed Hunter clearly in the crowd, remembering, that “I saw what he was looking at, that he was crazy, he was on drugs, and that he had murderous intent. There was no doubt in my mind that he intended to do terrible harm to Mick or somebody in the Rolling Stones, or somebody on that stage."[6]

    At this point, footage from the documentary shows Hunter (seen in the film in a lime-green suit) drawing a long-barreled black revolver from his jacket and pointing it in the air.[7] The film clearly shows a bright orange flash at the end of the pistol in one frame. Porter Bibb says it is impossible to determine whether the flash is a gunshot, a reflection, or something else.[8] The film then shows Hells Angel Alan Passaro, armed with a knife, running at Hunter from the side, parrying the gun with his left hand and stabbing him with his right. The footage was shot by Eric Saarinen who was on stage taking pictures of the crowd. Saarinen was unaware of having caught the incident on film. This was discovered more than a week later when rushes were screened in the New York offices of the Maysles Brothers.

    In the film sequence, lasting about two seconds, a six-foot opening in the crowd appears, leaving Patty Bredahoff in the center. Hunter enters the opening from the left, his hand rises and the silhouette of a revolver is clearly seen against Bredahoff's bright crocheted dress. Passaro is seen entering from the right and delivering two stabs as he pushes Hunter off screen. The opening closes around Bredahoff. Passaro is reported to have stabbed Hunter five times in the upper back. Witnesses also reported Hunter was stomped on by several Hells Angels while he was on the ground. The gun was recovered and turned over to police. Hunter's autopsy later confirmed his girlfriend's report that he did have methamphetamine in his bloodstream at the time of his death." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meredith_Hunter

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