Club Pioneers in Premiere Reunion


Pictured above after the sell-out premiere of Suburban Steps To Rockland: The Story of The Ealing Club on are five of the UK blues music pioneers featured in the film: (l-r) Fery Asgari, manager of the Ealing Club; Hylda Sims singer-guitarist with the City Ramblers Skiffle Group; Dick Taylor guitarist, founding member of the Rolling Stones and the Pretty Things; Alistair Young, the film’s producer and co-founder of Ealing Community Interest Company; Don Craine, guitarist with the Downliners Sect; Giorgio Guernier, director of Suburban Steps To Rockland; and Terry Marshall the saxophonist who not only played at the Club with Mitch Mitchell in a one-year residency as part of the Soul Messengers, but co-founded the Marshall Amplification company and is an associate producer of the film;

The Ealing Club is widely regarded as the cradle of blues-based rock music because of the scene that formed from 1962-65.

Members of groups such as the Rolling Stones, Cream, The Who, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Downliners Sect, The Birds, The Pretty Things, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Animals played at the Ealing Club and originated blues-based rock music.

What’s more, the first Marshall guitar amplifiers, made in Hanwell, were tried out in the Club.

The film Suburban Steps to Rockland has been in production for four years by director Giorgio Guernier and executive producer and Ealing Club Community Interest Company co-founder Alistair Young. It includes interviews with many of those who appeared at the Ealing Club.

The screening was part of the 2-19 November 2017 Doc ’N Roll film festival at the Barbican, London.


The film’s director Giorgio Guernier and guitarist Dick Taylor, founding member of the Rolling Stones and the Pretty Things in the post-screening film Q&A with former Melody Maker magazine writer Karen Shook.

Club Film Makes Ealing News

27 October 2017 — The new documentary film about the Ealing Club Suburban Steps to Rockland, is featured in this week’s edition of Ealing Council’s EalingNewsExtra.

TV News Features New Club Film

24 October 2017 — Suburban Steps To Rockland, the new film telling the story of the Ealing Club was highlighted on BBC London News on 24 October as the recently-completed documentary heads towards its world premiere at the London Doc’nRoll Festival on 4 November 2017.

The film made by 62 Films includes interviews with Ealing Club manager Fery Asgari as well as founder members of Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind and Cream and key figures including Chris Barber, Bobbie Korner (Alexis Korner’s wife), Terry Marshall (of Marshall Amplification), Don Craine (Downliners Sect) and Ali Mackenzie (The Birds).

The BBC London TV news item features interviews with the film’s director, Giorgio Guernier and executive producer Alistair Young, co-founder of the Ealing Club Community Interest Company.

The official teaser for Suburban Steps To Rockland can be seen here: