Maysles' 1970 film Gimme Shelter, which focused on the Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S. tour, established his brand for many. He did not focus on interviewing bands, but he instead captured what he saw surrounding their presence. That film famously caught footage of a fan being stabbed to death at a concert.
Another of Maysles' well-known and controversial films, Grey Gardens, focused on two cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It shows two wealthy women living in a state of dishevelment.