Monday, March 3, 2008


FILE UNDER: You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up!

Here's a little item I found on the Channel 4 Detroit news website this morning, thought you all might find it interesting.

Documentary Says Motorcycle Gang Targeted Rolling Stones Singer

POSTED: 1:41 pm EST March 2, 2008

A new BBC radio documentary says Mick Jagger dodged an assassination plot back in 1969.

The program airing Monday says the Rolling Stones star was the target of the American motorcycle gang, Hells Angels. It says members were enraged by Jagger's vow to stop using Hells Angels as bouncers at his concerts after an 18-year-old fan was killed at concert in California. The BBC program's host tells a British paper the gang members hatched a plot to kill Jagger at his home on New York's Long Island. The bikers planned to get there by boat, but were all tossed overboard in a storm. They survived but, according to the documentary, made no further attempts on Jagger's life.

The Dec. 6, 1969, Altamont Speedway Free Festival in northern California, and the fatal stabbing of Meredith Hunter, was famously captured in the 1970 documentary "Gimme Shelter," directed by Albert and David Maysles. The killer, Alan Passaro, was arrested and tried for murder in the summer of 1972, but was acquitted after a jury concluded he acted in self-defense because Hunter was carrying a handgun.

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