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Rolling Stones Circus

ROLLING STONES ROCK and ROLL CIRCUS. This now legendary event of December 11th 1968 centered around two concerts on a circus stage. It included an exceptional lineup of acts including ; The Rolling Stones / John Lennon & Yoko Ono (who performed in a supergroup named Dirty Mac alongside Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell) / The Who / Marianne Faithfull / Jethro Tull (including Tommy Iommi) and Taj Mahal. The original lineup was going to be the Faces, the Rolling Stones and the Who and the concept of a circus was first thought up between Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane and was originally meant to be aired on the BBC. The Stones and their guests performed in a replica of a seedy big top on Wycombe Road Wembley in front of an invited audience. The performances began at around 2 pm on 11th December 1968, but setting up between acts took longer than planned and the cameras kept breaking down, which meant that the final performances did not take place until 5am the following morning. By that time the audience and most of the Stones were exhausted ; only Jagger's sheer stamina managed to keep them going until the end. Famously this turned out to be the last public performance of Brian Jones with the Rolling Stones before his death aged 27 in July 1969 ; his drug-taking and irrational behaviour at this time creating huge rifts within the group. For much of the Stones performance he is inaudible, although his slide guitar on "No expectations", maracas on "Sympathy for the Devil" and rhythm guitar on "Jumpin' Jack Flash" & "Parachute Woman" remain clear. At the time film of the concert mysteriously disappeared, supposedly because of Mick Jagger being unhappy with The Stones performance. It was thought to have been lost before being found in a bin within The Who's private film vault in 1989.


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An extremely important original autograph book, clearly signed on individual pages in ballpoints by the following acts who all appeared on the bill at the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus on December 11th 1968 ; John Lennon / Yoko Ono / Bill Wyman / Mick Jagger with John Entwistle on the reverse /  The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon) (on two pages) / Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Brian Jones.

There are additional signatures throughout the book of other more minor acts of the period ; Alan Smethurst d2000 (The Singing Postman Hev Yew Gotta Loight Boy 1966) / Lou Smidt (drums) / Crawdads / Bandleaders ; Cyril Stapleton / Victor Silvester / Sydney Lipton Band / The Searchers (with John Blunt) and notably several well known circus acts of the period (Jacko Fossett d2004 one of Britains most famous ever clowns / Joan Rosarre & Goldy The Horse and Louise Poodle Remo).

The book could be broken up for the individual autographs, but this would be up to any subsequent owner.

A rare opportunity to own a very special item of 1960s pop memorabilia. The autograph of Brian Jones (signed on the evening of his last formal live performance with the Rolling Stones) would be especially desirable to a serious collector.


The book belonged to Miss Maria Freeman of Boston Lincolnshire. Her father George Freeman and Uncle Marius Freeman worked for Sir Robert Fossett's circus. They were members of the circus troupe who performed and helped erect the tent at the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus at Wembley on December 11th 1968. They obtained the autographs during the evening and several are dedicated to Maria (see images). There is a brief typed covering letter included from Maria herself more fully detailing the history. The book also being signed by several notable circus performers of the period supports the provenance. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.


11x10cm Sized Autograph Book Pages


Generally Good. We would rate as 8/10. Book is fully intact. One page has been removed which we understand was a personal message to Maria from a close family member. All signatures are clear and readable. A few back to back pages, but no show through. Recommend viewing the images shown.


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