The Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’

The Rolling Stones, 'Gimme Shelter'

Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Released: April ’69, London
11 weeks; No. 21 
The Stones channeled the emotional wreckage of the late Sixties on a song that Richards wrote in 20 minutes. The intro, strummed on an electric-acoustic guitar modeled on a Chuck Berry favorite, conjures an unparalleled aura of dread. Singer Merry Clayton brings down Armageddon with a soul-wracked wail: “Rape, murder, it’s just a shot away.” The song surfaced days after Meredith Hunter’s murder at Altamont. “That’s a kind of end-of-the-world song, really,” Jagger said in 1995. “It’s apocalypse.” Richards later said that his guitar fell apart on the last take, “as if by design.”

The Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’ was last modified: novembre 8th, 2014 by Radio Rock Revolution

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