Fans of blues music as well as other music genres including rock were given the low-down yesterday (13 September 2022) on how Ealing was pivotal in the development of the thriving 1960s music scene, when a panel of guests spoke at the University of West London as part of the Chiswick Book Festival.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of the influential Ealing Club, which saw bands including The Rolling Stones appear during its early days, a book about the club, Rock’s Diamond Year has been published. The book features the writing of Robert Hokum and Ralph Brookfield. Along with publisher and film-maker Cheryl Robson, the trio talked about this era of musical history and the contribution Ealing as well as nearby Hanwell had on the growth of blues and rock music.
The evening, introduced by Torin Douglas, highlighted Ealing’s role in the history of modern music and revealed more about how a local businessman, Jim Marshall made music loud through his Hanwell music shop and eventually his own famous namesake amplifiers.
Introduction to Rock’s Diamond Year book at Chiswick Book Festival
Robert Hokum talks about blues music coming to the UK at Chiswick Book Festival
Ralph Brookfield talks about the importance of Hanwell and Ealing to musicians during the 1960s
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