Stones Announce New Single, Jagger Makes Acting Debut

The Stones are playing with fire again

Mick Jagger in the studio in 1968.
Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
June 22, 1968

The Rolling Stones are back with a bang – Mick Jagger has been signed for his first dramatic film role and the group's new single, "Jumpin' Jack Flash," is being released on May 24.

The record, written by Jagger and Keith Richards, is reported to be a return to the fiery old days of the Stones. It's a step away from the avant-garde sounds of their last album to the excitement of the "Satisfaction" days. The B side, another JaggerRichard composition, is "Child of the Moon."

The Rolling Stones, 1963-1969: Behind-the-Scenes Snapshots

Mick makes his acting debut in The Performers, for Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. The film tells the story of a pop musician who has "dropped out" of the social stream of contemporary life, until he meets a vicious gangster, played by actor James Fox. The widescreen color production, under the direction of Donald Cammell (author of the screenplay) and Nicholas Roeg, will feature a musical score by Jagger and his performance of one song.

The results of the extensive recording sessions undertaken by the Stones over the last few weeks will be seen in June. A new album, so far untitled, will be released, with cover photographs taken by David Bailey.

This story is from the June 22nd, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »