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Jagger introduces John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchel


Yer Blues, John … Yer Blues, John … Yer Blues, John !!
From the Stones infamous “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” film project back in 1968!

Mick Jagger shows why he never became a decent actor and with a terrible yankee accent interviews Lennon as the introduction of supergroup The Dirty Mac.

Lennon introduces himself as “Winston Leg-Thigh.” !

The entertaining banter between Jagger and Lennon illustrates their mutual friendship and admiration. Lennon was probably closer to the Stones at this point than he was to some of his Beatle chums!

The all-star Dirty Mac cast are;

  • John Lennon from the beatles
  • Keef Richards from the Rolling Stones
  • Eric Clapton from the then defunct Cream
  • Mitch Mitchell from The Jimi Hendrix Experience

John and The Dirty Mac then go on to perform the great song Yer Blues, from the Beatles greatest LP, the White Album.

The Yer Blues lyrics are excellent – kind of Flower-power meets Robert Johnson meets Sam Beckett meets Albert Camus! Interestingly, they are somewhat prophetic regarding the impending death of the Beatles (Even hate my rock ‘n’ roll … etc)

Also interesting is the explicit reference to “Ballad of a Thin Man” in the lyrics “I feel so suicidal, just like Dylan’s Mr. Jones”!

Some details about the show here from Business Wire

In 1968, The Rolling Stones and some of the top British rock acts of the day came together in London to film what would become a legendary show The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was originally conceived as a BBC TV special. The show was filmed before a live audience at Intertel VTR Services Limited TV studios in North London in 1968 but it never aired, remaining virtually unseen by the general public.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus centers on the original line up of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts (with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon) – who serve as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction, performing six Stones classics-to-be including “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Parachute Woman,” “No Expectations,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Salt of The Earth.”

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus also includes full length musical performances by some of the biggest British bands of the era including The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, and The Dirty Mac – a group that was the first musical context in which John Lennon performed before an audience outside The Beatles. The Dirty Mac was Eric Clapton (lead guitar), The Rolling Stones’ own Keith Richards (bass) and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience (drums) with Lennon on guitar and vocals.

A mirthful conversation between Jagger and Lennon to introduce The Dirty Mac finds them referring to each other as “Winston” and “Michael” with Jagger affecting a convincingly flat American accent and Lennon referring to himself as “Winston Leg-Thigh.” The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was directed by pioneering music video director Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

Yes I’m lonely wanna die
Yes I’m lonely wanna die
If I ain’t dead already
Ooh girl you know the reason why

In the morning wanna die
In the evening wanna die
If I ain’t dead already
Ooh girl you know the reason why

My mother was of the sky
My father was of the earth
But I am of the universe
And you know what it’s worth
I’m lonely wanna die
If I ain’t dead already
Ooh girl you know the reason why

The eagle picks my eye
The worm he licks my bone
I feel so suicidal
Just like Dylan’s Mr. Jones
Lonely wanna die
If I ain’t dead already
Ooh girl you know the reason why

Black cloud crossed my mind
Blue mist round my soul
Feel so suicidal
Even hate my rock ‘n’ roll
Wanna die yeah wanna die
If I ain’t dead already
Ooh girl you know the reason why

(Lennon/McCartney)

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Mitch Mitchell, Music_ClassicRock, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment