Pete Townshend Interviewed by the University of West London

The Winter 2021 issue of University of West London’s (UWL)  “Your University” magazine posted a special interview with ex-alumni Pete Townshend of The Who. 

Core Ealing Club followers will not be surprised about headline references to the Ealing Club, the West London 60’s Rhythm & Blues scene & figures such as Cyril Davies. Thankfully, Pete also reminded readers that the Rolling Stones started in Ealing at a venue that would later host his own band, The Who. 


Although, PT states he never saw the The Stones perform in Ealing, he remembers spotting the group crossing the road from Ealing Broadway station as they headed towards the original Ealing Club venue. In awe of their “beauty” that would be dismissed by others, he would later realise they were quite a good band as well.

The UWL “Your University” magazine interview highlights Ealing Art School’s influence on Pete’s graphic design studies that would help shape iconic “Who” designs: target t-shirts, Union Jack jackets & the arrow over the “O” in the name of The Who. 


Early 60’s Ealing art school life influenced 60’s counter culture way beyond music. Professor Roy Ascott, mentioned in this article, facilitated visits from figures such a Gustav Metzger who conveyed ideas of “auto-destructive” art to Townshend and others.

It goes without saying that all those iconic pictures of The Who destroying guitars & Marshall stacks are directly connected with these lectures while time spent by Pete Townshend by the the Pinball Machine in Sid’s cafe (Ealing) led to other legendary “Who” soundscapes.

Hopefully, UWL’s film, music, tourism, business students and West London’s Cultural ‘movers & shakers” will sift through the significance of blues-rock scene and harness the worldwide interest that exists. In Spring 2022 the independent film “Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club” travels to Estonian National TV & more local screenings are on the cards as part of Rock’s Diamond Year 2022. (see here)


Proper consideration of Roy Ascott et al and the influence of “Cybernetics” on the likes of Pete Townshend, Brian Eno, David Bowie might long be overdue. Maybe it is time for contemporary students to revisit some of those “maverick” Cybernetic theories that helped shape a few of the greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll albums ever made and much more besides.

In 2022, The Ealing Club CIC will help celebrate the 60th anniversary of first R & B nights in Ealing. We hope it will encourage better “joined-up thinking” in museums, festivals, businesses and all those hoping to see better musical opportunity in West London.

For more on Rock’s Diamond Year 2022 see:

For Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club go here.

Pubs and the role of Live Music

James Hall writing for the Daily Telegraph recently highlighted the role of pubs and their key contribution in fostering emerging bands. 

It was Ealing Club veteran, Roger Daltrey and his likening of the Rolling Stones to a pub band that spurred this article into existence. The writer defended the Rolling Stones and all those musicians that continue to exist thanks to the pub circuit. 

The Telegraph article took the opportunity to remind readers about how pubs are key to musician development and cited specific examples from Ealing musician, Ian Whiteling (NDX). Great to see Mark Davyd (Music Venues Trust) citing Ealing Borough venues such as The White Hart Hotel (Acton) & The Myllet Arms (Perivale) as some of the pub venues that fostered the talents of Roger Daltrey… and many others. 

(Check out more examples documented by the Ealing Club CIC in the A-Z of Ealing Rock). 

In 2021, we’d like to shout out to The Magpie & Crown, The Hanwell Cavern, The Viaduct inn, The Brewery Tap  the Brentham Club as local examples of spaces & managers that are currently helping push the live music agenda forward. Even in semi-lockdown conditions sites such as The Brentham Club has provided a stage for emerging musicians, sound engineers and film editors to get together a hone their skills as part of Ealing Club Eclectic.

In 2022, we hope pub venues across West London consider getting involved with Rock’s Diamond Year 2022 as we encourage thought about the roots of classic rock music.

Find the full “Pubs Gave Us Britain’s Greatest Rockers” article in full via the NDX website here.

Don’t forget to check out the movie “Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club” that is already available to UK residents via Sky Arts/Now TV here. The DVD is available via

The Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine Film Review: November 2021

Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club, the independent movie that defines the role of the Ealing Club has been reviewed by the prolific rock music writer Alan Clayson for R ‘n’ R Magazine.

Clayson is a regular contributor to broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, Independent and The Times while his biographies have included works on members of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Check out the latest review here: R ‘n’ R Magazine Review.

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