Mayhem and Murder at Altamont With the Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger gets his ya-yas out at Altamont. Image: Ethan Russell.

The Rolling Stones were in a good place going into December 1969. They were crisscrossing the United States on their first North American tour since 1966. Their latest album, Let It Bleed, was scheduled to drop on December 5, and their previous outing, Beggars Banquet, was a hit with fans and critics. While so many other rock bands had gotten into psychedelia and acid rock and the airy sounds of…