“THERE WAS NO one there to meet us,” begins David Crosby as he recalls how his experiences at the infamous Altamont free concert started badly... and then got much worse.
Recalling the grim scenes that surrounded the free Rolling Stones concert in 1969, which ultimately ended with the murder of one of the crowd by a member of the Hell’s Angels, the singer-songwriter relives the Bay Area gig in detail in the new, deluxe edition of MOJO '60s on sale now.
Speaking to Sid Griffin in Volume 4 of our decade-spanning spin-off magazine, Crosby explains that Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young had to steal transport to even make it to the festival, which took place at Altamont Speedway.
“We flew into a small airport not too near the festival with the biggest personal injuries lawyer in San Francisco, our tour manager and some other people. But there was no one there to meet us. Nobody!” he declares.
“The place was dead. Not a soul. But there was a pick-up truck and the guy who worked for me hot-wired the truck and we stole it! I have not been able to tell this story before, as the lawyer didn’t want to get disbarred as an accessory to a crime…”
Get MOJO '60s now for more revelations from the event which effectively killed the '60s dream, its aftermath and more.
Plus the deluxe magazine also features in-depth features on The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, The Beatles and Miles Davis, interviews with The Who, PP Arnold, Johnny Marr and much more. Swipe through our visual preview below. MOJO '60s is in the shops now.
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