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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:
Ian Anderson ... Himself - Jethro Tull
Glenn Cornick Glenn Cornick ... Himself - Jethro Tull
Clive Bunker Clive Bunker ... Himself - Jethro Tull
Tony Iommi ... Himself - Jethro Tull
Pete Townshend ... Himself - The Who
Roger Daltrey ... Himself - The Who
Keith Moon ... Himself - The Who
John Entwistle ... Himself - The Who
Taj Mahal ... Himself
Jesse Ed Davis Jesse Ed Davis ... Himself - Taj Mahal's Guitarist
Gary Gilmore Gary Gilmore ... Himself - Taj Mahal's Bassist
Chuck Blackwell Chuck Blackwell ... Himself - Taj Mahal's Drummer
Marianne Faithfull ... Herself
John Lennon ... Himself - The Dirty Mac
Eric Clapton ... Himself - The Dirty Mac


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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Release Date:

12 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Oi Rolling Stones See more »

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Dolby Digital


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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 »


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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SPECIAL THANKS Everyone's Mum... See more »


A Quick One (While He's Away)
Written by Pete Townshend (as Peter Townshend)
Published by Essex Music, Inc.
Performed by The Who
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"Sorry Keith, I forgot your guitar"...
23 May 2002 | by acampenSee all my reviews

... Mick Jagger says after finshing a set as Keith walks across the stage while Mick graciously accepts the warm applause of the audience. Get a feel for the times as these rock'n'roll icons huddled under a circus tent for a great performance. Being able to see Mick Jagger really get into his performance, interact with the crowd, and even direct his singing to the camera is great and makes this production very unique... not like Gimme Shelter with Hells Angles. No, this is a controled stage performace and everyone is having a great time. If you look around you can even see the camera men lugging around their heavy equipment catching different angles and views of the performers and the crowd. This is a definate must have for fans of real rock n roll music.

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