PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) The Rolling Stones perform live at Perth Arena on October 29, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Considering their 50+ year career, it’s not surprising that some major events in Rolling Stones history may fall on the same date, but today (December 6) marks the anniversary of three very important moments.

1968 – Release of Beggars Banquet

This album kicked off one of the greatest sequence of albums (followed by Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.) in all of rock and roll.  It also marked the Stones’ return to their rock roots (“Sympathy for the Devil,” “Street Fighting Man”) after experimenting with more psychedelic sounds.

The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man (Official Lyric Video)

"Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones Composers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Order the 50th anniversary edition of "Beggars Banquet" Lyrics: Ev'rywhere I hear the sound Of marching charging feet, boy 'Cause summer's here and the time is right For fighting in the street, boy Well now, what can a poor boy do Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?


1969 – Altamont

The Altamont Speedway Free Festival kicked off just one day after the release of Let It Bleed.  The chaotic concert that infamously featured the Hells Angels as security resulted in countless injuries and four deaths, including the stabbing death of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter by Hells Angel Alan Passaro.

Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (Live Altamont, 1969)

Uploaded by RollingStones50yrs5 on 2015-09-02.


1970 – Release of documentary Gimme Shelter

Taking its name from the opening track to Let It Bleed, Gimme Shelter chronicled the ill-fated Altamont Speedway Free Festival and its fallout.  Multiple members of the camera crew even captured Hunter’s death, which was then shown in the film.  Mick Jagger was also shown watching the footage and is by far one of the most chilling moments in any documentary.

'' gimme shelter '' - official film trailer - 1970.

the infamous stones tour of the states 1969 film by the maysles brothers that contained the harrowing scenes of Altamont....great film that should be in everyones collection.....

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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