The Beatle in the Circus


Fifth Estate # 70, January 9-22, 1969

LONDON (PWS) Beatle John Lennon is scheduled to head the list of guest stars set for the Rolling Stones’ first American television special, “The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus.” Lennon, along with Eric Clapton, Keith Richard, and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, will form a supergroup especially for the show.

Other pop people expected to appear in the special include Marianne Faithful, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Jethro Tull, Doctor John, Taj Mahall, and The Who.

Besides appearing in the “Circus,” Lennon’s present plans include writing another book, designing a calendar, making a film, and recording an album.

The book will be centered around the replies he received when he released balloons with labels attached to them during an art exhibition at the Robert Fraser Gallery in London last summer. Each balloon label carried a message, “You are here—write to the Robert Fraser Gallery.” Replies came in from as far away as Hungary.

The calendar, which will be marketed in America as well as Britain, contains sketches by Lennon. Each drawing depicts a major event that happened to The Beatles during 1968.

Other Lennon projects, most of which will probably be done with the assistance of Yoko Ono, include the possibility of a film showing at the London Cinema of Contemporary Arts.

Album plans, aside from recording with the Beatles, will probably also be done with Yoko Ono and sources close to Lennon say that he is considering an LP based on his stay in the hospital with Yoko recently when she suffered her miscarriage.