The events at Altamont were a major turning point for the Stones and a prime example of the crazy concert-going zeitgeist of the late 60s and early 70s. In this aftershow, J and Brady discuss the public’s reaction to Altamont, the disturbing lack of security at the venue, whether or not Hunter’s killer had racist intentions, and the lesson Altamont left for future concert facilitators and attendees.
I love that you’re doing this with your son. I’ve tried to convince my son and step-son to do podcasts and even podcasts we could do together, but they haven’t wanted to.
You talked about the energy and the music as a way to protest and get that youthful energy out and that it isn’t prevalent today. Maybe the youth don’t have that thing like music that lets them cry out their frustration and misplaced youthful energy. There isn’t that movement or the sound. All they have is reading headlines and raging against anything they read online. That seems to have taken the place of the music and the culture associated with the music. I can’t name any band today that gathers the youth under it’s wing like bands in the past did. And I don’t think the endless FPS games fill that void they have.
Thanks for listening and for your thoughts! I agree. In fact, my son and I discuss that very topic in a later after show. I don’t sense the same level of teenage angst from generations prior. I think part of that is that kids today have it better than we ever did 😉
Agreed. It’s like they have it better, but still need to get that energy out, to rebel against something, to be disheartened by the world – but they can’t and deep down they know it. Kids, IMHO, today need to climb trees, skin knees, and fail at things. They aren’t and it’s affecting their well being and mental health. Music was always one avenue for that, but it’s all but disappeared in today’s sound culture.
I love that your doing this with your son! He has a wonderful speaking voice, and he asked great questions.
I’m a tiny person, and I used to mosh in the early 90’s mosh pits. My best battle-wound was being knocked unconscious at an Alice in Chains show. I don’t know about the lack of angst today. I see it with the music my son listens to and plays. Heavy, angry guitars. Screaming vocals. And they have some seriously fierce mosh pits. They are angry that the world is burning down around them and they feel powerless to stop it.
I totally agree that the counter-culture continued with punk, or at least the anti-establishment piece of it. The free-love, sex, and drugs energy continued on with disco. I know I shouldn’t mention disco in a rock show! Disco started as counter-culture, underground places to go for the gay community. Before it went mainstream, and even some after, discos were places of free-love, sexual exploration and acceptance, and drugs. Like any underground movement, it weakened once the suburban women started learning the Hustle in dance classes. But still, you can see that free-love energy exemplified in Studio 54 (there was a good documentary about it on Netflix).
I’ll show him this comment 😉
I know what you mean about disco. It has potential for a future episode 😉