By Patrick Humphries
In what was a momentous year of social change, the Rolling Stones experienced the most significant twelve months of their career. At the start of 1969, they were a successful blues band returning to their rock n roll roots after a recent experiment with psychedelia. By December, they had released the classic album Let It Bleed, lost one of their founding members, played an era-defining concert at Hyde Park to half a million people and witnessed a fan stabbed to death at Altamont Speedway.
With a notorious 1967 drug bust on their CV and a career finally coming out from under the shadow of their rivals The Beatles, everything the good, the bad and the ugly suddenly crystallised for the Stones as the Swinging Sixties stumbled to a close.
Rolling Stones 69 is the definitive account of the transformative year that saw the Stones truly earn their reputation as the greatest rock n roll band in the world.
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