Suburban Steps To Rockland: The Story of The Ealing Club - Film Screening & Q&A

Saturday 8 October, 7.30pm

Join us for a screening of the documentary film Suburban Steps To Rockland - The Story of The Ealing Club, followed by a Q&A between Ealing Club CIC Director Alistair Young and Film Director Giorgio Guernier.

Suburban Steps to Rockland tells the story of the Ealing Club - a venue that Mojo Magazine labelled as ‘The Cradle of British Rock’ thanks to its role in creating a new musical movement - and the venue that saw the birth of The Rolling Stones, launched The Who and so many others.

Cast aside by most of the Central London promoters due to the loudness of their music, guitarist Alexis Korner and harmonica player Cyril Davies one day jumped into a sidecar and travelled across London to find a venue that would accept the sound of Electric Blues Guitar. In West London, they bumped into an Iranian student named Fery Asgari, who was the events manager of a dingy concrete-floored basement bar used by local students.  The first Ealing Club gig took place on the 17th March 1962. The Club is now considered Britain’s first rhythm & blues venue, the very first London club where electric blues was played regularly.

In addition to interviews with the likes of Pete Townshend, Eric Burdon and John Mayall, Suburban Steps to Rockland features a series of stylised animated sequences designed by animator Federico Parodi (whose work was previously presented at the Cannes Film Festival and broadcast on the BBC) and illustrator Paul Loudon.

 

‘Soundly researched, imaginatively presented’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘An intimate portrait of life in Ealing and great insight into how music careers begin’ OCCHI MAGAZINE

‘A potent blend of archive footage and interviews’ ESSENTIALLY POP

All tickets £10 - on sale Thursday 1 September, 10am.