The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

For a brief moment, it seemed Rock & Roll would INHERIT THE EARTH.
Rock and Roll Circus
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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 28, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1968
  • Label: ABKCO
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Performances by The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell), Taj Mahal, Julius Katchen, and backstage footage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    • Commentary tracks by Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono
    • A special interview with Pete Townshend
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 0
...Heady with late-'60s atmosphere and electrifying moments from musical luminaries at their creative peaks...
Oct 7, 1996
[T]he Stones' performance stands up well alongside their guests...
Dec 1, 2004
The entire cast wears circus garb that looks left over from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper cover, and there's a transcendent moment when Mick Jagger and John Lennon get silly with each other.
USA Today
Oct 15, 2004
There is not a bad moment in THE ROLLING STONES ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS. The performances by the Who and Dirty Mac are spectacular...
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 13, 1996
...Uncommonly great....Intimate and exceptional performances... -- Rating: A
Entertainment Weekly
Nov 1, 1996

Product Description:

Filmed as a British television special in December 1968 (which, incidentally, never aired), this good-natured circus hosted by the Rolling Stones features an all-star line-up of rock and roll greats, including Yoko Ono, mystical prog rockers Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, and The Dirty Mac. Amidst the fire-eaters and acrobats, the show-stopping numbers include "Sympathy for the Devil," "No Expectations," "A Quick One (While He's Away)," and others.

Plot Synopsis:

Shot in 1968, this concert film (conceived and organized by Mick Jagger) was made in London over a two-day period. The show was literally set in a circus-like atmosphere, with the rock bands dressed in colorful costumes, and acrobats, clowns and other big-top acts performing between sets. The film captures such groups as the Rolling Stones and The Who at the height of their creativity, providing unforgettable entertainment for fans both young and old.


Production Notes:

  • Shown at the 1996 New York Film Festival.
  • A Rolling Stones presentation.
  • Color by Technicolor UK.
  • Additional credits: Dave Ashley Smith (sound); Jimmy Miller (live recording producer); Glyn Johns (live recording engineer); Mick Gochanour (associate producer); Robin Klein (post-production producer and editor).
  • Shot in 16mm, and blown up to 35mm.
  • Although shot in 1968, the film was reportedly never released because The Rolling Stones were unhappy with their performance, and feared that The Who upstaged them. The Stones' plan to re-film their performance was halted by the death of group member Brian Jones.
  • Songs include:
    "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Parachute Woman,"
    "You Can't Always Get What You Want,"
    "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Salt of the Earth"
    performed by The Rolling Stones.
    "A Quick One While He's Away" performed by The Who.
    "Song for Jeffrey" performed by Jethro Tull.
    "Ain't That a Whole Lot of Love" performed by Taj Mahal.
    "Something Better" performed by Marianne Faithfull.
    "Whole Lotta Yoko" performed by Yoko Ono.
    "Yer Blues" performed by Dirty Mac (comprised of John
    Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch
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  • Sales Rank: 70,531
  • UPC: 038781115095
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