My favorite Charlie Watts moment comes in a book I helped Stones photographer Ethan Russel write Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties: Russell, Ethan A
At some point long after Altamont, some clueless git of a reporter asked Charlie if he thought Altamont was really “the end of the Sixties.” Charlie thought a moment and replied, “Well, since Altamont happened in December of 1969, it really was the end of the Sixties.”
Were we at AD talking about Gimme Shelter just a day before Charlie ascended to sit in on that great skittle band in the sky? Well, yes we were: Boomer Anthems: Gimme Shelter
Here’s what Charlie was doing to make Gimme Shelter snap, crackle, and pop long, long ago.
So long Charlie. See you a little further down the Road.