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Altamont is a speedway in Northern California, near Tracy, that hosted a rock music festival in October 1969. The festival included the Rolling Stones and other bands (including the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane) after a previous venue proved to be too small. The small stage was surrounded by Hells Angels who acted as bouncers. The crowd management proved to be a disaster and many people were hurt and one man killed. The news agencies reported the event as a "drug induced riot." The Altamont concert is often contrasted to the Woodstock festival earlier in 1969, sometimes being said to mark the end of the innocence embodied in Woodstock.
Altamont is also the name of some places in the United States of America:Canada:
- Altamont, British Columbia
- Altamont, Manitoba