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Stones - Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed was born in an age of reckoning, against the worldwide backdrop of daily, televised Armageddon: America’s quagmire in Vietnam; the civil warfare and racial conflict at home; the bombs and Marxist rhetoric of a new, extreme underground; the twisted bloodlust of Charles Manson, the mastermind of the Tate Murders in L.A. (August 1969) a short drive from where the Stones finished their album that fall.  And when the Stones decided to end their 1969 tour with a generous flourish – a free festival in Northern California, four months after the mass utopia at Woodstock – the result on December 6th at Altamont Speedway was fear, mayhem and a killing near the stage caught on film.” – David Fricke

1968
JANUARY
A tank on fire in the city

The Central Intelligence Agency [Public domain]

Prague Spring

05 January 1968

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“Cầu Trường Tiền, Huế 1968” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tet Offensive Begins

30-31 January 1968

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Saigon 1968.The battle for Saigon. Scared looking marines crouch at a wall during Tet offensive – Photo by Philip Jones Griffiths by Tommy Truong79 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

FEBRUARY
Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions supporting image
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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

February - March 1968

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Ben Merk (ANEFO) [CC0]

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

16 February 1968

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Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. U.S. Marine Corps. derivative work: Anna Frodesiak [Public domain]

Walter Cronkite’s Special Report

27 February 1968

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MARCH
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Recording Sessions supporting image

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“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Recording Sessions

March 1968

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Robert F. Kennedy

“No Known Restrictions: Robert F. Kennedy by Warren K. Leffler, 1964 (LOC)” by pingnews.com is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

Robert F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign Announcement

16 March 1968

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My Lai Massacre

Ronald Haeberle [Public domain]

Mỹ Lai Massacre, Vietnam

16 March 1968

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Mỹ Lai Massacre, Vietnam supporting image

Ronald Haeberle [Public domain]

Anti-Vietnam Protests in London supporting image

“Grosvenor Square, London” by EoinGardiner is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Anti-Vietnam Protests in London

17 March 1968

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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions supporting image

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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

23 March 1968

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“Child of the Moon” Recording Sessions supporting image

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“Child of the Moon” Recording Sessions

25 March 1968

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“Steps to Limit the War in Vietnam” supporting image

“IH038564” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Steps to Limit the War in Vietnam”

31 March 1968

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APRIL
1963 March on Washington by US Department of State is licensed under CC PDM 1.0 

“1963 March on Washington” by US Department of State is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

04 April 1968

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“HU052225” by Sabatu is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

Southern USA Human Rights Movement

“Southern USA Human Rights Movement press photos” by martin_vmorris is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Civil Rights Act of 1968

11 April 1968

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“Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.” by U.S. Embassy New Delhi is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Mick Jagger with makeup

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Promotional Film

20 April 1968

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Columbia University, New York

“Columbia University, New York” by hannibal1107 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Columbia University Protests Begin

23 April 1968

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“Badge – Students for a Democratic Society, 1968” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Ten Days of Resistance

20-30 April 1968

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“Child of the Moon” Promotional Film

27 April 1968

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MAY
The Stones and Jean-Luc Godard
© Ethan Russell

Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One)

06 May 1968

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Paris Riots 1968

“PARIS RIOTS 1968 …” by Bill Strain is licensed under CC BY 2.0

May 68 (Mai 68)

06 May 1968

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BeenAroundAWhile at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions supporting image
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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

9-10 May 1968

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The New Music Express Poll Winners concert

The New Music Express Poll Winners Concert

12 May 1968

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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

18 May 1968

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Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One)

27 May 1968

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Hornsey College Sit-In supporting image

Nicholas Bechgaard [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Hornsey College Sit-In

28 May 1968

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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions supporting image
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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

31 May 1968

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JUNE
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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

4 - 10 June 1968

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Robert F. Kennedy

LBJ Library photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto [Public domain]

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

05 June 1968

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Fire in the studio

Fire at Olympic Sound Studios

10 June 1968

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AUGUST
Chicago Riots

David Wilson [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

DNC Convention Protests

23-28 August 1969

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Warren K. Leffler [Public domain]

The Isle of Wight Festival

TimBrighton [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

First Isle Of Wight Music Festival

31 August - 1 September 1968

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OCTOBER
Tlatelolco Massacre supporting image

“Bodies” by edenpictures is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tlatelolco Massacre

02 October 1968

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Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger

Photographer: PA // Date taken: 18 December 1969 //Location: London England

Marianne Faithfull Pregnancy Announcement

12 October 1968

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Peter Norman, John Carlos and Tommy Smith

Angelo Cozzi (Mondadori Publishers)

1968 Olympics Black Power Salute

16 October 1968

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NOVEMBER
Richard Nixon

“Richard Nixon” by History In An Hour is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Election of President Nixon

05 November 1968

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions Begin

16 November 1968

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Recording session at Olympic Sound© Ethan Russell

© Ethan Russell

Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

17 & 28 November 1968

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© Ethan Russell Image from the One Plus One / Sympathy for the Devil film

“Sympathy For The Devil” Film Premiere

29 November 1968

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The Stones on Frost on Saturday

The Rolling Stones Appearance on Frost On Saturday

30 November 1968

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DECEMBER
Beggars Banquet Press Reception supporting image

Beggars Banquet Press Reception

05 December 1968

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Beggars Banquet Album Release supporting image

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Beggars Banquet Album Release

06 December 1968

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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Rehearsals supporting image

© Michael Randolph

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Rehearsals

9-10 December 1969

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Filming of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus supporting image

© Marvin Mattelson

Filming of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

11-12 December 1969

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The Glimmer Twins supporting image

The Glimmer Twins

12 December 1968

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Apollo 8 launch

“Apollo 8 Launch” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Apollo 8

24 December 1968

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“Apollo 8 Crewmembers” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

1969
JANUARY
Student Protests, UC Berkeley supporting image

“150319 424 Berkeley – UC Berkeley campus building” by cultivar413 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Student Protests, UC Berkeley

22 January 1969

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Paris Peace Accords

Knudsen, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1929-1989, PhotographerPost-Work: User:W.wolny [Public domain]

Paris Peace Accords

25 January 1969

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FEBRUARY
Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions supporting image
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

10-18 February 1969

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

23-25 February 1969

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MARCH
Still image from the lyric video for Midnight Rambler
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

1-11 March 1969

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The London Bach Choir record their parts for

© Ethan Russell

Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

15 March 1969

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

24, 26 & 27 March 1969

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APRIL
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

Mid to Late April 1969

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Willard Straight Hall

“Willard Straight Hall” by Upsilon Andromedae is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Occupation of Willard Straight Hall

19 April 1969

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MAY
Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions supporting image
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

Early May - 2 July 1969

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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions supporting image
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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions

12 & 14 May 1969

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Canadian flag

“Oh, Canada!” by Gavin St. Ours is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Canadian Criminal Code Amendments

14 May 1969

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

21 & 24 May 1969

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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions supporting image
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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions

25 May 1969

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

28 May 1969

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

30-31 May 1969

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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“Give Peace a Chance” Recording

31 May 1969

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JUNE
“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions supporting image

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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions

01 June 1969

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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions

4, 8 & 12 June 1969

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The Rolling Stones

Mick Taylor Joins The Rolling Stones

13 June 1969

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The Stonewall Inn

“The Stonewall Inn” by Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Stonewall Riots

28 June 1969

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“stonewall inn” by yosoynuts is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

JULY
Scene from the Ned Kelly film

Ned Kelly Filming Begins

Early July 1969

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Brian Jones Death supporting image

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Brian Jones Death

03 July 1969

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“Honky Tonk Women” single is released supporting image

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“Honky Tonk Women” single is released

4/5 July 1969

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The Stones performing in Hyde Park

© Ethan Russell

Performance in Hyde Park

05 July 1969

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Crowds surround the coffin of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones (1942 - 1969) at his funeral in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 10th July 1969

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Brian Jones Funeral

10 July 1969

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The Stones performing on Top of the Pops

Appearance on Top Of The Pops UK

10 July 1969

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Crew of the Apollo 11

“Apollo 11 Moon Landing 20 July 1969” by manhhai is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

The Moon Landing

20 July 1969

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“Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the rocky Moon.” by aeroman3 is licensed under CC PDM 1.0 

AUGUST
10050 Cielo Drive

“10050 Cielo Drive – 1969” by encanto_sunland is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Tate-LaBianca Murders

8-9 August 1969

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“A THOUSAND WORDS: SHARON TATE BY TERRY O’NEILL” by encanto_sunland is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Woodstock poster

“woodstock-1969” by raymaclean is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Woodstock

15-18 August 1969

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“DZ006444” by Sabatu is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

OCTOBER
Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger OLYMPIC Studios. Photo: Ethan Russell

© Ethan Russell

Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

1-15 October 1969

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Anti-war Moratorium March

“Anti-war Moratorium March, 1969, DC” by Gary Lee Todd, Ph.D. is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

Moratorium March on Washington, D.C.

15 October 1969

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The Stones in the Oriole House

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The Oriole House

17 October 1969

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Let It Bleed Recording Sessions

17 October - 2 November 1969

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NOVEMBER
© Ethan Russell

© Ethan Russell

The Rolling Stones 1969 Tour

07 November 1969

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“GOGA 18488 001 Alcatraz Indian occupation slides” by goga_parkarchives is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Occupation of Alcatraz Begins

20 November 1969

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“GOGA 18488-010 Thanksgiving Day on Alcatraz, Copyright Chuck Warner” by goga_parkarchives is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

B&W PHOTO PEOPLE ON STAGE perform at Madison Square Garden, New York

© Ethan Russell

 

Madison Square Garden

27-28 November 1969

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let it bleed album art

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Let It Bleed U.S. Release

29 November 1969

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Ed Sullivan

The Ed Sullivan Show

30 November 1969

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DECEMBER
let it bleed album art

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Let It Bleed U.K. Release

05 December 1969

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Hells Angels emblem

Altamont Speedway Free Festival

06 December 1969

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“’Suddenly, its almost 1970, and the realization that rock music has been with us in force for a decade and half comes as a distinct shock,’ Don Heckman a New York Times pop critic, wrote in the last week of 1969 at the front of his review of Let It Bleed. Even before the review appeared, new history was made.  In the first week of December – between the last official date of the U.S. tour, at a Florida rock festival, and the tragedy at Altamont – the Stones stopped in Florence, Alabama, at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to try out two new songs, ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Wild Horses’, the first stirring of the band’s next album, 1971 Sticky Fingers.  And two numbers that had surfaced at Olympic in 1969, ‘Shine A Light’ and ‘Lovin Cup’, would return in the ragged glory of 1972’s Exile on Main Street.  Suddenly, it was almost the Seventies.  And The Rolling Stones – who had just released the last great rock album of the Sixties, Let It Bleed – were already there.” – David Fricke

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