FORBES Magazine & Ealing

According to its website “Forbes is the largest global business media brand in the world”. So we live in strange times indeed, when “the Ealing Club” gets a mention in Forbes Magazine. 

“The Worlds largest global business media brand” mentions The Ealing Club.

But in August 2020 that happened in an article discussing regeneration of local high streets in the post – pandemic era.  

Author Shain Shapiro referenced the Ealing Club in his article discussing the idea of the “15 minute city” which proposes that suburbs, cities and their residents could flourish if as many activities as possible were within easy reach of residents, helping reduce stress, pollution and perhaps stimulating community interaction.

Shain Shapiro argues that in days gone by, London’s live music was easily reached thanks to mixed-use, suburban venues that minimized the journey time for most visitors. He goes on to cite the Ealing Club as an example of those lost days, assuming that Forbes readers will be well versed in the story of Ealing. 

Many followers of Forbes will be unfamiliar with ‘The Ealing Club” and it’s story that is featured in the documentary ‘Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club’.

The feature film documentary explains how the venue touched the careers of many a legendary musician. Many of whom travelled miles to reach the ‘London R & B’ destination of the day.  In recent years tourists from Argentina, Brazil, Norway and Belgium have followed in their footsteps checking out the haunts of the Rolling Stones, The Who and many more.

The Ealing Club Community Interest Company was set up to celebrate West London’s music legacy and encourage more regular and better gigs/festivals in West London.

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The Summer of 62

On July 12th 1962, a band known as The Rollin’ Stones had their first gig at The Marquee ‘Jazz’ Club, Wardour Street, London. In January 1963 the legendary line up of the Rolling Stones became the entity consisting of Mick, Keith, Brian, Bill & Charlie. 

The debut July 62 gig featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones. Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor & it is thought Mick Avory (Drums). Another Drummer Tony Chapman is also often associated with the debut gig and he certainly seems to have been a regular behind the kit in subsequent months of 1962.  The highly revered Carlo Little from Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages is also thought to have backed the Stones in the days prior to Charlie Watts. 

Excerpt from The A-Z of Ealing Rock Music with a picture of the ‘temporary’ plaque that appeared in Ealing during the launch of Keith Richard’s ‘Cross Eyed Heart’ Album

The opportunity for The Stones to play the Marquee Jazz Club came about thanks to Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated being offered a special appearance at the BBC. Blues Incorporated’s R & B credentials had been growing following their March Ealing Club launch and burgeoning gigs at the Marquee. The Jazz press was regularly highlighting the rise of so called ‘R & B’ live bands in London who were challenging the popularity of “trad jazz’ that dominated live music clubs. 

According to Ray Coleman’s Book ‘Stone Alone” July and August provided The Rollin’ Stones 3 gigs in Ealing and another at the Wooden Bridge in Guildford. 

In July/August 62, Mick had completed first year of study at LSE, Keith finished Art School and Brian was changing jobs while supporting a wife and child. Ian Stewart was working steadily at ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) 

The first Rollin’ Stones bassist, Dick Taylor (later of The Pretty Things) who appears in the Story of the Ealing Club – Suburban Steps To Rockland was set to pursue his art school studies vacating his spot for Ricky Fenson. 

The Summer of 62 saw Ealing Club gigs along with a decision by Mick & Brian to rent a flat at 102 Edith Grove.  It was here that Keith would later become a permanent resident at the ‘student digs’ in Chelsea. 

Keith Richards commemorated 102 Edith Grove and The Ealing Club during the launch of his solo album Stolen Heart in 2017. 

In Nov 2020, The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism show will re-launch at the Groningen Museum, Netherlands. No doubt it will cleverly recreate the atmosphere of the Edith Grove flat recalled here by both Mick and Keith back in 2018. 

If travelling to the Netherlands by KLM Airlines don’t miss Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club screening inflight.  DVD’s are available at The Ealing Club Shop here.

The Ealing Club Tea Towel

Created in 2018 the Ealing Club tea towel has proven popular amongst followers from as far as Japan, The US, Australia and Hanwell. We understand music students from West London have been pinning these to bedroom walls in Leeds and further afield. 

All profits from the sale of such items have been ploughed back into Ealing Club CIC initiatives such as film/Music promotion and live events.

Key figures and events listed in the A-Z of Ealing Rock are featured along with iconic sights such as Ealing Studios, Gunnersbury House and The Ealing Blues Festival. 

Do you have anything to add?

The first edition is now completely out of stock and we have some updates planned.

Before any decision on a reprint is made we would like to ascertain future demand and include any thoughts, from anybody that might wish to express opinions about the music heritage that surrounds them. 

Please get in touch via eclecticevents@ealingclub.com with any suggestions you would like to see.  

Subscriptions & pre-orders for the 2nd edition, Ealing Club tea-towel are now available at www.ealingclub.com/shop