The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus | Chicago Reader

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus

The Stones host this bizarre revue of circus performers and rock acts, shot for a British TV special in December 1968 but shelved by the band until the late 90s. The Who's scorched-earth performance of “A Quick One, While He's Away” is the undeniable highlight, though there's also a killer number by Taj Mahal (featuring guitarist Jesse Ed Davis) and John Lennon performs “Yer Blues” with a pickup group consisting of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell. The Stones close the show with six numbers, including “You Can't Always Get What You Want” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” though Brian Jones seems about to nod off. Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed; with Jethro Tull, Yoko Ono, and Marianne Faithfull. 65 min.

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