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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996)

Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only ... See full summary »
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Himself - Jethro Tull
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Himself - Jethro Tull
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Himself - Jethro Tull
Tony Iommi ...
Himself - Jethro Tull
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Himself - The Who
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Himself - The Who
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Himself - The Who
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Himself - The Who
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Jesse Ed Davis ...
Himself - Taj Mahal's Guitarist
Gary Gilmore ...
Himself - Taj Mahal's Bassist
Chuck Blackwell ...
Himself - Taj Mahal's Drummer
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Himself - The Dirty Mac
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Himself - The Dirty Mac
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Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only the Rolling Stones but The Who, Jethro Tull (with future Black Sabbath guitarist Tommy Iommi filling in for the recently departed Mick Abrahams), Marianne Faithful and an all-star jam featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Micthell. Sadly, this also marked the final appearance of the Stones founder and original guiding light, Brian Jones, who would be dead within six months after filming the special. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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For a brief moment, it seemed Rock & Roll would INHERIT THE EARTH.

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This is Brian Jones's last live performance with The Rolling Stones. He was kicked out of the band a few months after the show was filmed in June of 1969 and died a short time later. See more »

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Mick Jagger: You've heard of Oxford Circus, you've heard of Piccadilly Circus, and this is the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, and we've got sights and sounds and marvels to delight your eyes and ears, and you'll be able to see the very first one of those in a few moments.
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Whole Lotta Yoko
Written by Yoko Ono
Published by Lenono Music
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Well worth seeing--just be ready with the remote control!!
15 June 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing film and it's sad it took so long to see the light of day. After all, it's an unaired TV special that features the Rolling Stones as well as performances by their friends--such as Jethro Tull, The Who and others. For fans of rock of this era, it truly is a must-see and is floating around on the internet. So why, then, do I give this show a 6? Well, because aside from lots of GREAT appearances, John and Yoko Ono show up as well and they actually let her 'sing' (if you can call it that). Ono's singing, quite literally, is high-pitched screaming--well, more like screeching! It is, without a doubt, the most god-awful and terrible singing performance in the history of mankind and she makes no effort to actually sing--just scream like some ungodly creature! Hearing cats being skinned would be more pleasant to the ears!! It's so bad that when I taught history, I would occasionally show it to my students--as a punishment or to make them laugh (if used as punishment, I'd have them watch ALL her singing)! But, if you can sit there with a remote control (either to fast-forward or turn down the volume), it's well worth seeing...and actually a great history lesson (the music, the outlandish styles, etcetera). And, if you are a glutton for punishment, it's a great laugh if your ears can take Ono's vocal talents! I wonder if they could use these portions at Guantanimo to interrogate prisoners! Nah...the Geneva Convention wouldn't allow such cruelty!


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