Albert Maysles, the documentarian, has died aged 88. He passed away on Thursday, March 5 from natural causes.
Along with his brother David, Albert Maysles was one of the great documentary filmmakers of the Sixties and Seventies. The Maysles brothers’ filmed both The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among many other subjects.
In 1964, the Maysles followed The Beatles on their first American tour for a documentary titled What’s Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A.
Gimme Shelter, meanwhile, they followed the Stones on the band’s infamous 1969 tour of the States, which culminated with the free concert at Altamont Speedway.
Outside of music, Albert and David Maysles shot documentaries on Orson Welles, Marlon Brando and, in 1975, Grey Gardens, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale who were aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. A restored version of Grey Gardens has recently been released in American cinemas.
Following David’s death in 1987, Albert continued to make documentaries, including 2001’s Oscar-nominated LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy Of Cotton, about an impoverished African-American family living in the southern part of the United States.