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The Stones in the Park (1969)

Extensive footage of the Rolling Stones performing on July 5th 1969 in Hyde Park in front of an audience of appropriately 500,000 people just two days after the untimely death of former lead gutiarist and band founder Brian Jones.

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Leslie Woodhead
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The Rolling Stones ... Themselves
Mick Jagger ... Self / Mick Jagger - Vocal
Keith Richards ... Self - Guitar
Mick Taylor ... Self - Guitar
Bill Wyman ... Self - Bass
Charlie Watts ... Self - Drums
Marianne Faithfull ... Self
Paul McCartney ... Self
Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers ... Themselves
Ginger Johnson Ginger Johnson ... Self - Talking Drum
Loughty Lasisi Amao Loughty Lasisi Amao ... Self - Drums
Kwasi Dzidzornu Kwasi Dzidzornu ... Self - Congas
Jimmy Scott Jimmy Scott ... Self - Drummer
Marc Furstenberg Marc Furstenberg ... Sleeping Bag Man
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Extensive footage of the Rolling Stones performing on July 5th 1969 in Hyde Park in front of an audience of appropriately 500,000 people just two days after the untimely death of former lead gutiarist and band founder Brian Jones.

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Recorded on the fifth of July. Their former guitarist Brian Jones died on the third, just two days before. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Rolling Stones: Rolling On (1991) See more »

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Mercy Mercy
Written by Don Covay and Ronald Miller
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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Another time - Another Place - Another Rolling Stones.
12 December 2004 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

The time, the Summer of 1969. The place, London's Hyde Park. The group, The Rolling Stones #2.

Literally days after the mysterious death of their former leader (Brian Jones) the new look Stones gather in London's largest park to play a - prearranged - free concert to more than 250,000 casual onlookers and fans.

(Read Bill Wyman's autobiography "Stone Alone" for the detailed back-story.)

An hour long documentary about the day - rather than a strict concert film - Stones in the Park captures the famous rock band in musical and personal disarray: Traveling to the show to the innocent chatter of children; the 60's nonsense philosophy (including Jagger's rambling London School of Economics maths that gets too complicated for him!); setting free the White Moth Butterflies (most still alive - despite what you might read elsewhere) and reading Shelley in honour of their recently departed/sacked (and now largely forgotten about) founder.

As a stage climax they bring on painted "African tribesmen" for a half-hearted rendition of "Sympathy For the Devil." Presumably a reference to the (unfortunate) black magic/occult trip that they were on at the time.

The large crowd behaved well, and to thank them the weak English sun shone on their straggly long hair, bright clothes and beads..How silly, ramshackle and amateurish it all looks today - especially with baby-faced Hells Angels as stage security guards. But somehow oh-so-very British We even glimpse an untroubled Paul McCartney wandering about among the crowd.

(The Stones paid the ultimate price when they tried to repeat the trick at Altamont Speedway in the USA, but that is another story and another film.)

More random and abstract thoughts: Doesn't Mick Jagger sound like a public school headmaster when asking for silence. How under-powered the amps look (could everyone actually hear?). How mediocre and listless the band performance was, featuring the ever-hesitating new boy Mick Taylor ("I am the only guy to leave the Rolling Stones and live") on wishy-washy lead.

Wouldn't it be great to see members of the crowd today (especially the girl stage invaders) and see what Father Time does to all of us. Although I hear it is kinder to those that don't take loads of hard drugs and visit the dentist at regular intervals - any reference to actual members of the Rolling Stones, in that statement, should be taken as pure coincidence...


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rolling Stones: The Stones in the Park 1969 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, London, England, UK

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Granada Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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