The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
NR | 70 min | DOCUMENTARY
Filmed before a live audience in London, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was originally conceived as a BBC-TV special. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had worked on videos for both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it centers on the original line up of the Rolling Stones -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman -- who serve as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction. “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” is seen and heard performing six Stones classics-to-be (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Parachute Woman,” “No Expectations,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Salt of The Earth.”) The program also includes extraordinary full-length live performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono as well as The Dirty Mac, a pioneering ‘supergroup’ before the term had even been coined, comprised of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell and John Lennon. The audience of fans who got tickets through an ad in the New Musical Express or via the Stones Fan Club witnessed lightning being captured on film over 48 hours in a London TV studio. Noteworthy interludes including John Lennon performing outside the Beatles for the first time in the Dirty Mac segment, the only time Tony Iommi (later of Black Sabbath) performed with Jethro Tull, and the last time that Brian Jones would never again perform with The Rolling Stones. As David Dalton, who covered the event for Rolling Stone, so aptly put it, “...for a brief moment it seemed that rock ‘n’ roll would inherit the earth.” This feature will be presented in Dolby ATMOS.