Five best live concert films

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3. Monterey Pop (Various Artists)
After he documented Bob Dylan's pre-rock, 1965 tour of England in Don't Look Back, and before he canonized David Bowie's glam-revolution in Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker was on hand to film one of the most important musical weekends in '60s rock. This three-day concert in 1967 would introduce the Jimi Hendrix Experience to America, Ravi Shankar to the hippies, as well as bringing many San Francisco acts like Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane to a national audience. While Woodstock hogs all the historical footnotes as the ultimate gathering of hippies, the Monterey Pop Festival gives a glimpse into the perfect year of the '60s counter-culture, a time when people could handle their drugs and peace-induced, enlightened creativity was treasured above mindless indulgence and paranoid politics.

2. Gimme Shelter(The Rolling Stones)
Following their free-of-charge Brian Jones memorial concert earlier that year in England, the Stones assumed they could replicate the event in San Francisco at the end of their 1969 US Tour. Mick Jagger even boasted in a press conference that the event would "set an example to the rest of America as to how one can behave in large gatherings." However, a last-minute venue change, a large circulation of bad-acid and an enlistment of the Hell's Angels as security guards would all result in the event being known to history as the metaphorical Death of The Sixties, and the very literal death of an eighteen-year-old boy when an Angel stabbed him to death. Leading up to this, though, the Maysles Brothers document an incredible tour by the Rolling Stones resulting in the live album, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!, along with some studio time where the band laid down some memorable tracks for Sticky Fingers.

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