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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
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
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Himself
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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Originally, The Rolling Stones and The Who were going to stage a tour in which the bands would perform in circus tents. However, after that idea fell through, it was decided to stage the television special instead. See more »

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Mick Jagger: John, I want to talk to you about your new group, The Dirty Mac, that you've got together for tonight's show. Comprised of yourself, and...
Himself - The Dirty Mac: Myself, that's Winston Legthigh, as you know, and we've got Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience... and we've got Eric Clapton, from Cream, the late great Cream...
Mick Jagger: Cream? Fantastic.
Himself - The Dirty Mac: And we've got Keith Richards, your own soul brother.
Mick Jagger: Dirty.
Himself - The Dirty Mac: I'd like to give you this, Mike.
[Hands Jagger the plate of food he's been eating, walks off to go onstage]
Mick Jagger:
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SPECIAL THANKS Everyone's Mum... See more »

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Featured in The Kids Are Alright (1979) See more »

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Song For Jeffrey
Written by Ian Anderson
Published by Chrysalis Music
Performed by Jethro Tull
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another example of the odd late 1960s
2 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This circus-based rock show starts with Jethro Tull and The Who, moves through Dirty Mac (Lennon and Yoko, Clapton, etc.), Taj Mahal, and Marianne Faithful, and ends up with the Rolling Stones themselves. Some acrobats and other acts along the way add to the sense of spaced-out-ness and general oddity.

The performances range from great (the Stones set culminating with 'Sympathy for the Devil'; the Who with 'A Quick One'; Jethro Tull - featuring a young Tony Iommi - with 'Song for Jeffrey') to embarrassing (Yoko's wailing). The mood is chaotic and more than a little amateur, but this gives the show a certain amount of interest and charm.

The only colour footage of the original Stones line-up? Some crazy costumes here and colour clashes but good to see them together in their heyday, even if Brian Jones does seem a bit out of it.

Overall, enjoyable.


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