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Suburban Steps To Rockland: The Story of The Ealing Club (15*) + ScreenTalk

Part of Doc 'n' Roll Film Festival 2017

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This world premiere tells the tale of The Ealing Club, from the point of view of those now famous musicians who cut their teeth on its hallowed stage.

It was a dingy and smokey concrete-floored basement barely mentioned in music history books and which only lasted three years but its pivotal role in nurturing the golden generation of Classic-Rock musicians and kick-starting the British Blues movement remains undeniable.
Inspired by American touring blues acts like Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe and with the complicity of a 19-year old student from Teheran, in 1962 guitarist Alexis Korner and harmonica player Cyril Davies opened the Ealing Club, London's (and Britain's) first Rhythm and Blues venue. Soon young music fans from all over the country started attending Alexis and Cyril's shows and sat-in during their set. The list of youngsters who learned the blues at the Ealing Club includes: Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Paul Jones, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Dick Taylor, Jeff Beck and Eric name just a few.


Tagged with: Cinema ScreenTalks

UK 2017 Dir Giorgio Guernier 89 min

The ScreenTalk is chaired by journalist Karen Shook and will feature director Giorgio Guernier and musician Dick Taylor (Pretty Things).


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