Monday, March 07, 2005

Rock and Roll Circus!

I have been in love with The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus for a long time now. I first saw this gem about 5 years ago when Marci commandeered her dad's copy for us to enjoy. It was out of print forever and ever until recently when it was finally released on divid. It began as the brainchild between Mick Jagger and Pete Townsend; The Rolling Stones and The Who were going to tour across the Unites States as the Rock and Roll Circus, complete with music and circus performances. But as there was not an efficient enough railway system here the plan was foiled. Now we are just left with this amazing, once in a lifetime occurance, which is also that much more significant as it is the last Rolling Stones performance with Brian Jones, who died shortly thereafter. Other artists who are featured are The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Mitch Mitchell) and of course, the ever-present Yoko Ono. It's amazing that such an event ever took place. A must see if anything ever was.


steven garrett said...

i've been told that the stones hated their performance..that is why it took so long to release. i guess that's how it is when you are that good...i mean 98% of the world have never thought they did a bad show. artists we are so hard on our selves. i mean i have shit i will not even look at..yet someone sees it and they love it. then i have things i love and they hate..

samantha fay said...

really? that's interesting. the only real commentary that i've heard about the show was from Pete Townsend when he was interviewed for the divid.
i can't believe mick hated that performance! he's so hot all writhing on the floor!