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END OF THE LINE: Ealing’s legacy in the news

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END OF THE LINE: A series of reports about London’s Heritage produced by ITN LONDON NEWS

ITN LONDON NEWS are currently running a series of articles focusing on the Heritage of places located at the end of the London’s tube line. During the summer the news team took a trip to Ealing and compiled a report that featured an interview with music journalist Paul Trynka.

As well as being a former editor of Mojo Magazine (amongst others) Paul has written countless biographies on artists such as David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. 

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Music Journalist Paul Trynka interviewed in Ealing August 2014

He categorically stated that Ealing was:  ‘One of the most important musical venues in London, if not the world’ ……………….and he went on to highlight how without the British Rhythm and Blues scene of the early 60’s, the music of the great Black American Blues Legends such as BB King may have taken 10-20 years longer to ever get noticed by mainstream audiences within their own    country………..The USA.

In Feb 2012, President Obama received BB King and many others at the White House to celebrate the contribution of the Blues in America. During this event Sir Mick Jagger was centre stage backed by another Ealing Club veteran, Jeff Beck who played the Ealing venue, now known as The Red Room with his band, The Tridents in summer 64.

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BB King & Jeff Beck pictured at the White House in Feb 2012

It is no coincidence that at this White House gig,  J.Beck was brandishing a Marshall Amp that like many legendary names in rock music often gets thought of as entirely American.

Thankfully new documentaries & books are soon to be published that will support Ealing & the rest of West London’s claim as a key location on the WORLD MUSIC map.

The film SUBURBAN STEPS TO ROCKLAND – The Story of The Ealing Club is nearing completion and promises to become the definitive documentary about ‘The Cradle of British Rock Music’…….it’s looking great even though it’s been produced on a shoestring ……………everything’s gotta start somewhere!

In the meantime, if in Ealing……please come and support some of the new LIVE MUSIC events that are starting to spring up in the area. Such a musical legacy deserves much more than just piece of blue porcelain on a wall……

Parts of the above interview are available at ITN SOURCE. Please get in touch with us if you would like to view a copy the whole feature. Paul Trynka’s new book: ‘The Making of The Rolling Stones’ is now available in the UK.












The Cradle of British Rock Music Exhibition

Music Ealing London 2012 Ealing Blues Festival‘The Blues and The Birth of British Rock Music Exhibition 2014’ 
builds on the success of Ealing Club CIC Displays held at PM Gallery (July 2012) and  the Ealing Music and Film ‘Valentine’ Festival (Feb 2013) 

Until February 28th Feb 2014 the University of West London is hosting an exhibition providing background on British Blues and The Birth of British Rock Music. Open Daily from 10.00 am.

Slide1Exhibition July 2012 (photos Al Stuart)



Ealing Music & Film ‘Valentine’ Festival (Feb 2013)


 The Ealing Music & Film ‘Valentine’ Festival (Feb 2014) 

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Photos 2014: Lucy Grayshon








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Marshall Exhibit - Lucy Grayshon

‘Marshall – The Legend Continues’


Ealing – The Cradle of British Rock Music? The Exhibition continues until end of February 2014


Jim Marshall on Drums

The Ealing Music & Film “Valentine” Festival 2014

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Ealing Club gigs – British Blues where it all started: 2014 marks many significant anniversaries for British music. It’s 50 years since the beginning of the so-called “British Beat Invasion of the US” that was led by the Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

In the same year, “British Rhythm and Blues” lost a pioneer in Cyril Davies who together with Alexis Korner (1984) and Graham Bond (1974) helped push “the Blues” into the heart of British Music influencing musicians whose careers continue to inspire millions across the world to this day.

It is well documented that Ealing is where British groups playing the blues with electric guitar first found a home. Well worth celebrating!

Thurs 13th February 2014 (8.30 – 11.30)“Ealing the Blues Today” : A show featuring the ‘cream’ of Ealing’s current Blues scene with musicians from: Devil Drives, Jump 66, The Chairs, Geoff Garbow Blues Band, David Stone and more…….

Martin Bonner - The Chairs Robert Hokum shreds with Marshall amp copy An evening hosted by Robert Hokum “Artistic Director” of the annual Ealing Blues Festival that became a two-day event for the first time in 2013. The gig will feature local musicians who are continuing Ealing’s Blues/Rock musical heritage. Several of the musicians performing are still in their 20s, young players proud to be part of Ealing’s Blues/Rock Heritage.

Fri 14th February 2014 (8.30 – 10.30) The Cyril Davies 50th Anniversary Tribute: Alan Glen & John O’Leary All Star Blues Revue” Top players from the current British Blues scene, the cv’s of these musicians reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Brit Blues. Here performing a night of music dedicated to the great harmonica player Cyril Davies thanks to his contribution on kickstarting the “British Rhythm and Blues Boom of the early 1960’s”

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Sat 15th February 2014 (8.30 – 10.30) The Ali Mac Band (plus support) Vocalist Ali McKenzie achieved prominence on the Ealing Club scene with ‘The Birds’ which was the first band of guitarist Ronnie Wood who was later to find fame with the Faces and The Stones. Ali was a contemporary of another Ealing band – The Who. ali mac Ali who has featured regularly in recent Ealing Club special events brings his full band featuring Simon Bishop (guitar and Vocals) a staggeringly versatile musician who has inspired and taught some of the other guitarists appearing this week!, Richard Hudson (drums) is well-known as the percussionist with The Strawbs and on bass is Bill Phillips.