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Stones Announce New Single, Jagger Makes Acting Debut

The Stones are playing with fire again

Mick Jagger in the studio in 1968.
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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."

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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.


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