Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Song #17

Title: "Gimme Shelter"
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: Let It Bleed, 1969
Written By: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

The dark side of the Flower Power 60's was never better captured than on this harrowing track by the Rolling Stones. Vietnam, Manson, Altamont, drug casualties, generational divide, credibility gap, assassinations...none are mentioned by name, but they are all there in the ominous mood. And while Jagger is great, this song really belongs to Merry Clayton's emotional delivery.

BELOW: Here's a video some dude on YouTube put together with many images from the 60's:


JMW said...

Don't know if this would make a list of my 25, but it would definitely be in the running. Love it.

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Subliminal Gary said...

I think you knocked it out of the park with this one. A fantastic and important song.