Filming: Yer Blues, Rock and Roll Circus

On December 11th 1968, John Lennon recorded a performance of Yer Blues for The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus film. Filming took place at Stonebridge House in Wembley, London.

Lennon appeared with a makeshift band called The Dirty Mac, featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Keith Richards on bass and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience on drums.

"A simple stage is set up for the Supergroup. John is wearing his Levi outfit, and Mitch Mitchell looks almost unrecognizable with his straight blond hair. Keith plays a simple bass line, and Eric performs with masterful imperturbability. John looks a little apprehensive, but once they start playing he relaxes, turns his back to the camera occasionally in the classic jamming position. Yoko gets up on the stage, climbs into her black bag, and during the breaks, holds John's hand. Even while you are watching, it is hard to believe all this is actually happening.
Mitch's drumming is a little brisker and he is more in control of the cymbals, but this is not a jam session, in fact, Yer Blues is almost identical to the album track. Why is Eric following the record so closely? It is a strange paradox, but simply the presence of all these magicians together is completely overwhelming. What more can you say?
But the effect of Yer Blues live is very different to hearing it on the record. To begin with it is obvious that John means every word of this song. He has used the form because the blues is the ultimate expression of a down trip. "Even hate my rock and roll" screams at you like a nightmare. The day before at the rehearsal, John, Mick and Eric played Peggy Sue together and John did a wry version of Elvis' great hit, It's Now Or Never. After Yer Blues, Yoko gets in front of the microphone and wails, while virtuoso violinist Ivry Gitlis saws away like a country fiddler, and the Supergroup is playing behind them. The audience is totally awestruck; they do not move or talk. It was breathtaking." - David Dalton, Rolling Stone
Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell; Keith Richards and John Lennon performing Yer Blues at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968. 

John Lennon and Mick Jagger at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968.  

John Lennon and Mick Jagger at the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, December 11th 1968.