Rock and Roll Circus, Dec. 1968 by Alec Byrne


From Alec’s book LONDON ROCK: The Unseen Archive: "Rock and Roll Circus was dreamed up by Mick Jagger, who was searching for an original way to stage a rock concert. He approached director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had worked with the Stones on a couple of song promos, early music videos if you will. This time Jagger wanted a full-length TV show that would be broadcast by the BBC. A soundstage was booked in Wembley, northwest London, close to England’s biggest sports stadium. Jagger’s contacts ensured a stunning lineup including the Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and a band called the Dirty Mac, with John Lennon on lead vocals and guitar, Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Keith Richards on bass, and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience on drums, plus various clowns and circus artistes. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is, as it turned out, just about everything. After so much time and effort, the TV show didn’t see the light of day for nearly thirty years. Legend has it the Stones felt they’d been blown off the stage by the Who, though I don’t remember it that way.”

(L-R: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton & Marianne Faithfull)

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