The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

DVD - 2004
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Performances by various rock performers of the late sixties.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Abkco Films c2004
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.66 RO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (63 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Rock and roll circus

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Moon_Spinner
Mar 16, 2020

"Rock'n'Roll Circus" is a nostalgic look back at vintage rock music as it existed in the year 1968.

From Jethro Tull, to the Who, to John Lennon, and, of course, to the Rolling Stones - "Rock'n'Roll Circus" is a real "blast-from-the-past" that is certain to appeal to a wide range of viewers.

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Beat_Box
Mar 08, 2020

Even though I view singer, Mick Jagger as being one of the top 10 most despicable rock performers of his generation - This 1-hour "Rock'n'Roll Circus" presentation was still a nostalgically enjoyable look back at pop music of yesteryear.

Featuring such well-known musical acts as Jethro Tull, the Who, and Taj Mahal - These live performances (with no lip-syncing) are certain to appeal to a wide audience of viewers.

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mr_chocolate
Mar 29, 2019

This is a unique and historical capture of a certain space and time within the musical world. It was filmed over a couple of days in December of 1968, originally for the purpose of a tv special. The way it is filmed, within a tent, circus "acts," intermixed with the musical acts, give this 60 + minute film, a somewhat "playful" feel.
The editing is somewhat annoying at times, however to see the music talents of the day perform is interesting and historic. A founding member of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones would be dead within six months (July 3, 1969); a "supergroup" Cream, had recently broken up; the Beatles last "public" roof top performance would be held within a month (Jan. 30, 1969); Montrey Pop Festival was held a year before (June 1967); the Who's fourth album, Tommy, would be released the following year (May 1969); and the infamous Woodstock would also be held the following year (Aug 15-18, 1969).
For me the highlights were the combine performances by Eric Clapton (ex-Cream guitarist), John Lennon (Beatles guitarist), Keith Richards (Rolling Stones guitarist), and Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer); and the main act, the Rolling Stones.
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Les_J
Mar 15, 2019

This remained unreleased, and unseen by most fans, even those that collected bootleg vhs tapes, for a very long time. "The show was not released commercially until 1996."
Why?
"the Rolling Stones withheld it. The Rolling Stones contended they did so because of their substandard performance, clearly exhausted after 15 hours (and some indulgence in drugs)"
Yes, it is plain to see some of the musicians were stoned, and some songs sounded mediocre due to that.
That does not matter to fans of 1960s rock, as this is a must-watch video.
Footage includes the late Brian Jones of the Stones, and Jethro Tull has a pre-Black Sabbath Tony Iommi.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rolling_Stones_Rock_and_Roll_Circus

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