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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
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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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UK

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English

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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Color
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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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Stones fans will dig it.
14 August 2006 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Filmed live in 1968 as an intended television special but kept from the public eye due to the Rolling Stones' own dissatisfaction with their performance over a span of two nights, "Rock N' Roll Circus" showcases the Stones at the height of their game. Although I admit they have performed better in terms of musical companionship and melody, there is no denying the amount of energy they exude here.

The standout for me is the reggae-infused "Sympathy for the Devil" which sounds like the drunken plea of society's virus. The original came across as a taunt, and this rendition of the song is helpless and a desperate outcry - in a good way, of course.

Mick Jagger's vocals have been better and his voice is a bit off - I guess the guys were totally wasted and stoned out of their minds around this time. But watching them on stage, it's hard to deny they were one of the great rock n' roll bands. They're really not given enough credit for their fusion of blues and mainstream rock - at the time of their emergence, a lot of critics compared them to The Beatles - a comparison both understandable and equally unfair. They did write a few Britpop songs early on, but they always had a bluesy edge that the Beatles - despite their superiority in musical influence and range - never had.

If you're into the Stones, this is a must-see. If you're *really* into the Stones, it's probably a must-own. And if you aren't into the Stones at all, I'd recommend starting off with their double-album Forty Licks (a Greatest Hits compilation).


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