The Rolling Stones Live in Hyde Park, 1969: The Complete Film

As the Rolling Stones gear up for their first full tour in five years, we take you back to a more innocent time, when the band was young and the tickets were not $500 each.

The year was 1969. The hippie counterculture was still in bloom, and the Stones were at a moment of transition. The band was in the process of finishing its Let it Bleed album at Olympic Studios in London without founder and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, who was asked to leave the group in early June because of his escalating drug problem and increasingly difficult personality. The Stones replaced Jones with the talented guitarist Mick Taylor. Eager to get rolling again, the group asked a promoter to organize a free music festival in Hyde Park, with the Stones at the top of the bill.

On July 5, 1969, a crowd of between 250,000 and 500,000 people gathered for the concert. Only three nights earlier, Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool. In his honor, Mick Jagger started the Hyde Park concert by reading a passage from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats.”  The Stones then released thousands of white butterflies and launched into a raw set that included both classics and rarities:

  1. “I’m Yours & I’m Hers”
  2. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
  3. “Mercy Mercy”
  4. “Down Home Girl”
  5. “Stray Cat Blues”
  6. “No Expectations”
  7. “I’m Free”
  8. “Loving Cup”
  9. “Love in Vain”
  10. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  11. “Honky Tonk Women”
  12. “Midnight Rambler”
  13. “Street Fighting Man”
  14. “Sympathy for the Devil”

The concert was documented by filmmakers Leslie Woodhead and Jo Durden-Smith for Granada Television and was later released on DVD as The Stones in the Park. You can watch the complete film above, although the songs will not appear in the same order as in the concert. It is a fascinating and enjoyable record of one of the most notable concerts the Stones ever gave.

This coming July 6, exactly 44 years and a day after the 1969 concert, the Stones will return to Hyde Park for another concert. This time around it won’t be free. And oh yes: The concert will be sponsored by Barclaycard, from the bank with the trusty slogan, “Fluent in Finance.”

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