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Rock Rewind: The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”

With this week’s release of GRRR! by The Rolling Stones (their 50th anniversary compilation/celebration), I thought it would be appropriate to share “Gimme Shelter,” one of my personal favorites by the Stones.

Originally released at the end of 1969 on the record Let It Bleed, the song was a very appropriate anthem given the upheaval in the world at that time. With the wars of recent years, it seems once again hauntingly appropriate.

Interestingly, “Gimme Shelter” was never released as a single, and therefore never charted as such. Its popularity comes in part from being a staple crowd favorite in live shows, as well as being covered by many artists and playing on seemingly countless movie soundtracks over the years, as well as serving as the title for a 1970 Rolling Stones documentary. Interestingly, director Martin Scorsese included the song in no less than three of his films, but did not include it in his 2008 Stones documentary Shine a Light.


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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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