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ROLLING STONES "ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS" from 1968


Today in 1968 The Rolling Stones filmed their famous "Rock and Roll Circus", creation and brainchild of Mick Jagger. Though originally it was set to air on the BBC it never did. It was finally released nearly 30 years later (1996) as a film.

The Rolling Stones stated they did not release it for viewing in 1968 because their own performance was "substandard", they were exhausted from having been on stage since early morning. It has long been contended that the real reason it was not released was because The Who just rocked the show and upstaged The Stones. We'll probably never know but at least it's now been given back to the fans and below are Parts 1 through 7 from YouTube.

This was the last public performance of Brian Jones playing with The Stones. This is also the only footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi performing as a member of Jethro Tull. John Lennon performs with Yoko Ono as part of a group called The Dirty Mac. Also performing are Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and Jethro Tull.

PART ONE


PART TWO


PART THREE



PART FOUR - Yoko "sings" you might want to turn off the volume. . .


PART FIVE



PART SIX


PART SEVEN
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6 comments:

  1. I am glad they finally did release R&R Circus after all those years. I caught most of it on TV a few years ago (I think it was PBS).

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  2. I truly loved the whole look of the thing - it was like the Mad Hatter meets Timothy Leary, lol!

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  3. This is a true classic movie! It's kind of a shame they didn't release it for 28 years. Glad it's out now at least.

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  4. Richard - I remember hearing the rumors and hoping to see it and then nothing - it was like the Holy Grail of music videos in a time long before MTV was even a twinkle in television's eye, lol.

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  5. I watched this two weeks ago and remember this moment where Yoko Ono is "singing" and everyone on stage sort of looks like they're either trying not to laugh or just totally baffled.

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  6. Amber - I had to pull my headset off, lol. My cat sounds better, sorry Yoko but you should not sing - stay with the visual arts & peace promotion.

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