This was the panel discussion held last night (9 February) after two sell-out screenings of the West London premiere of Suburban Steps To Rockland: The Story of The Ealing Club.
Pictured at the packed University of West London-hosted event on are (l-r): Alistair Young, the film’s producer and co-founder of Ealing Community Interest Company; singer Ali McKenzie whose band The Birds performed at the Ealing Club; Terry Marshall, the saxophonist who played at the Club with Mitch Mitchell and co-founded the Marshall Amplification company; Giorgio Guernier, director of the film; and Fery Asgari, manager of the Ealing Club from 1962-72.
The screening was part of the 7-11 February Ealing Music and Film Festival.
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 during 1962-64 and originated blues-based rock music.
What’s more, the first Marshall guitar amplifiers, made nearby in Hanwell, were tried out in the Club.
The film Suburban Steps to Rockland has been in production for five years by director Giorgio Guernier and executive Alistair Young. It includes interviews with many of those who appeared at the Ealing Club.