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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 12 October 1996 (USA)
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
... Himself
Jesse Ed Davis ... Himself - Taj Mahal's Guitarist
Gary Gilmore ... Himself - Taj Mahal's Bassist
Chuck Blackwell ... Himself - Taj Mahal's Drummer
... Herself
... 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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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: 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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Ain't That A Lot Of Love
Written by Willia Dean Parker and Homer Banks
Published by Irving Music, Inc.
Performed by Taj Mahal
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One Last Look
13 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was one great special, but it was sad to see the man who was the original visionary of the Stones, Brian Jones, and the pitiful shell he had become. It was pretty much known that it was the end for him as a member of the band and this can be seen as his last hurrah. You also can see the changes the Stones had undergone from their beginnings as a group that covered songs by American blues greats to the juggernaut that was the Jagger/Richards songwriting team. It was also interesting to see The Who as they were in the middle of their transition from being the icons of the mods to the hard rock force they would be a few months later. Roger Daltry hadn't gone all the way with the look he was famous for, the fringed shirt and long curly blonde hair, and Pete Townsend had not yet gotten his white boiler suit. And as many people have commented, The Who blew the Mick and the boys off the stage that night.


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