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Performance - The Making of a Classic

performance – the making of a classic - Limited Edition


The 50th anniversary numbered limited edition large format book on the making of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s iconic film performance, starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg. 


A behind-the-scenes- look at the making of the landmark film.


Performance is written by Jay Glennie, working closely with Performance producer Sandy Lieberson, who opened up his extensive archives. The large format book takes a comprehensive look at the landmark British film. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the filming of Performance, it includes exclusive interviews with cast & crew (including Mick Jagger, James Fox, Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson), soundtrack musicians and artists influenced by the film.


Featuring stunning on-location images, many of which have never been published before, this book is the definitive account of the unlikely and often difficult journey from page to screen of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s visionary film. Every film has its own extraordinary story but never anything like Performance! The book details how a group of mostly first time filmmakers managed to raise the money for a film without showing the studio financing it a script and then shoot the whole film on location away from any studio executives preying eyes and then see their film not released for two years.


Performance the book looks at the personality clashes on set, the unconventional working methods of codirectors Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and their stars Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michèle Breton. Through first-hand accounts and extensive research, we find out what it was like to work on the famed film. And after a shoot that was typified by a ‘work hard, play hard’ approach, we discover there was still more controversy to come with a soundtrack only featuring one Mick Jagger song, the refusal to release the film by Warner Bros. until it was heavily edited and a decidedly cool reception from most critics.


That Performance is now seen as a classic that was ahead of its time says something about the enduring power of the film, the genius of Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and the mesmerising  presence of Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michèle Breton.


This beautiful, exclusive large format book will have a numbered, limited edition release of just 3,000 copies worldwide and includes more than 400 images.


  • Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the shoot.
  • Limited edition of 3,000 numbered copies worldwide.
  • Pages 348
  • With over 130 colour images. 
  • 330 black and white onset images. 
  • Unseen onset images and also featuring images from Cecil Beaton, Michael Cooper, Andrew Maclear and Baron Wolman.
  • Large format book (page size 240mm x 340mm)

Performance - The Making of a Classic


Mick Jagger -

It’s 50 years since I filmed Performance & I’m happy to say that @JayAGlennie is set to release the @Performance50th large format book. Featuring interviews with me, James Fox, Sandy Lieberson, Nic Roeg and over 500 images, it’s a beauty! 



James Fox -

Congratulations on a magnus opus. It is special for us who were pat of it or close to it then, And it can't help being a huge buzz to the many new people i hope it reaches. It is such a well understood and gorgeous looking assembly of the story. Best wishes!



Marlon Richards - (Son of Anita Pallenberg)

Jay Glennie has done an outstanding job conveying a very dark and difficult film into a beautifully printed book. Personal anecdotes from those involved, great insight and so many unseen images.... I find the book easier to cope with than the movie personally for a myriad of reasons. Congrats Jay



Irvine Welsh -

The definitive book about an amazing piece of cinema.



Tony Parsons -

Hot off the press - Jay Glennie’s epic book on Performance. A must for all serious students of sex and drugs and rock and roll



Gary Crowley -

Xmas has come early in my house (!) with the arrival of @JayAGlennie’s sumptuous book telling the story of the making of the iconic film @Performance50th It’s a fascinating, in depth peek behind the camera with those who made it & the thoughts of those who cherish it. Bravo Jay.

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