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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Jethro Tull
Glenn Cornick ...
Himself - Jethro Tull
Clive Bunker ...
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
Taj Mahal ...
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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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Herself
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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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12 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Oi Rolling Stones  »

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Filmed at a studio in Wembley using an unusual hybrid type of camera, supporting both 16mm film and monochrome video. The idea was that TV production techniques could be used, with the cameramen framing shots on the video camera viewfinders, whilst a vision mixer inter-cut the camera feeds "on the fly", simultaneously controlling the film stop/start mechanisms in the cameras. Output was thus on film and could be easily edited, and prepared for final program sales. However the system was still in development and was unreliable. Equipment problems caused the tight filming schedule to overrun and the Stones finally went on stage in the small hours of the morning, after much delay. 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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Salt Of The Earth
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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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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