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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 »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Anderson ... Self - Jethro Tull
Glenn Cornick Glenn Cornick ... Self - Jethro Tull
Clive Bunker Clive Bunker ... Self - Jethro Tull
Tony Iommi ... Self - Jethro Tull
Pete Townshend ... Self - The Who
Roger Daltrey ... Self - The Who
Keith Moon ... Self - The Who
John Entwistle ... Self - The Who
Taj Mahal ... Self
Jesse Ed Davis Jesse Ed Davis ... Self - Taj Mahal's Guitarist
Gary Gilmore Gary Gilmore ... Self - Taj Mahal's Bassist
Chuck Blackwell ... Self - Taj Mahal's Drummer
Marianne Faithfull ... Self
John Lennon ... Self - The Dirty Mac
Eric Clapton ... Self - 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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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: Thank...
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SPECIAL THANKS Everyone's Mum... See more »


Referenced in The Mighty Boosh: The Chokes (2007) See more »


You Can't Always Get What You Want
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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A good time is had by all
18 September 2001 | by rakett13See all my reviews

A great movie- featuring Jethro Tull (with Tony Iommi, later of Black Sabbath), The Who (who blow the roof off), Taj Mahal (with Jesse Ed Davis, guitar giant), Marianne Faithfull (who sings beautifully), The Dirty Mac, featuring John Lennon (vocal/rhythm guitar), Eric Clapton (lead guitar), Keith Richard(s) (bass), and Jimi Hendrix's drummer Mitch Mitchell. (Joined in their second number by Yoko Ono on vocals and Ivry Gitlis on violin.) Finally, the Stones. A great performance, the last featuring the band's founder, Brian Jones, who is, unfortunately, the only downer. He would die the next July, you can tell he was in the downward spiral.

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