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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Jethro Tull
Glenn Cornick ...
Himself - Jethro Tull
Clive Bunker ...
Himself - Jethro Tull
Himself - Jethro Tull
Himself - The Who
Himself - The Who
Himself - The Who
Himself - The Who
Jesse Ed Davis ...
Himself - Taj Mahal's Guitarist
Gary Gilmore ...
Himself - Taj Mahal's Bassist
Chuck Blackwell ...
Himself - Taj Mahal's Drummer
Himself - The Dirty Mac
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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The film was unreleased until 1996 because The Rolling Stones were dissatisfied with their performance. See more »


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...
John Lennon - 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.
John Lennon - The Dirty Mac: And we've got Keith Richards, your own soul brother.
Mick Jagger: Dirty.
John Lennon - 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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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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