Alistair Young (pictured top right) tells the story of Ealing’s historic Red Room club to a group of 60 Norwegian music fans in a visit arranged on 12 October 2109 to the basement venue organised by Music Heritage London.
Young is co-founder of the Ealing Club Community Interest Company established in 2011 to highlight the music heritage of Ealing, Acton, Hanwell and Southall and to inspire the musicians of the future.
Back in March 1962 the Red Room premises opposite Ealing Broadway Station was the home of the Ealing Blues Club, the place where electric blues music was first regularly played in the UK. It provided an inspiration and the early experience for a generation of British musicians who became famous around the world as members of the Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple and many more.
The Ealing Club also played a part in creating the sound of rock. A Sunday night in 1963 saw the first public performance ever to use the classic ‘loud’ Marshall JTM45 guitar amplifier, designed and built in nearby Hanwell.
The Norwegian visitors went on to attend a private screening at Ealing’s Classic Cinema Club of Suburban Steps to Rockland, the feature-length documentary about the Red Room’s history.