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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
FEBRUARY
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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

February - March 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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Beggars Banquet Recording Sessions

23 March 1968

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“Child of the Moon” Recording Sessions

25 March 1968

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APRIL
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“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Promotional Film

20 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
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Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One)

06 May 1968

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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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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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Fire in the studio

Fire at Olympic Sound Studios

10 June 1968

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OCTOBER
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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NOVEMBER
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions Begin

16 November 1968

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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

17 & 28 November 1968

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“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
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Beggars Banquet Press Reception

05 December 1968

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Beggars Banquet Album Release

06 December 1968

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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

11-12 December 1969

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The Glimmer Twins

12 December 1968

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1969
FEBRUARY
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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
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

1-11 March 1969

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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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MAY
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

Early May - 2 July 1969

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“Honky Tonk Women” Recording Sessions

12 & 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

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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JUNE
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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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JULY
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Ned Kelly Filming Begins

Early July 1969

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Brian Jones Death

03 July 1969

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“Honky Tonk Women” single is released

4/5 July 1969

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The Stones performing in Hyde Park

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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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OCTOBER
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Let It Bleed Album Recording Sessions

1-15 October 1969

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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
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The Rolling Stones 1969 Tour

07 November 1969

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Madison Square Garden

27-28 November 1969

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Let It Bleed U.S. Release

29 November 1969

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The Ed Sullivan Show

30 November 1969

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DECEMBER
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Let It Bleed U.K. Release

05 December 1969

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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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