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Altamont (Peppermint Muse)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Altamont gig is notorious for the killing of a fan by a security guard. This grim end to a decade of free love serves as a background to John Stenhouse’s surprisingly sedate solo performance. The script follows generic hippie Joe, a bewildered narrator lost in the crowd. Though his limited viewpoint fails to provide a sense of perspective to the unfolding events, it allows Stenhouse to concentrate on building the mood, with plenty of evocative details. After a slow start, the fleeting glimpses of stoners, freaks and Hell’s Angels become increasingly tense. Though at times it feels like the volume has been set a little low, this develops into an interesting look at a dark moment in music history.

C nova, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]