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Rock’s Diamond Year Book Launch, Music and Talks

Sunday 15 May 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Book  featured on BBC Robert Elms show.

Event with talks and live music celebrating Rock’s 60th Birthday.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rock-s-diamond-year-book-launch-and-literary-event-tickets-319688124787 


2.30pm – Doors open. Live music.

3.00pm – Ralph Brookfield talks to Alistair Young & Robert Hokum from the Ealing Club Community Interest Company who initiated Rock’s Diamond Year about the importance of 1962, the heritage projects they have been involved with and the Rock’s Diamond Year book.

3.20pm – The Rock’s Diamond Year book contributors’ panel chaired by Ralph Brookfield

4.00pm – Book signing and meet the authors

4.30pm – Robert Hokum talks to Richard Mills, lecturer at St Mary’s University and author of ‘The Beatles and Fandom, Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia’

5.00pm – Karena K talks to Doug Melbourne, Musician and author of How much do we get for this gig anyway? about the trials and tribulations of being a gigging musician and running a tribute band.

5.20pm – Live music and close.

6.00pm – Close

From the formation of the Rolling Stones and the heyday of the British Invasion to the spawning of the Reading Festival, this book explores the music history of the London clubs that were the engine rooms for British rock n roll.

Many of the now legendary British rock bands honed their skills and developed their stage acts performing on the London club circuit at venues such as The Ealing Club, The Crawdaddy Club, The Marquee, The 100 Club, The Half Moon, the Ricky Tick, The Bull’s Head and the infamous Eel Pie Island Hotel. We revisit the days when Eric Clapton was God and Rock ruled the world. Play it Loud!


Content of the book

Introduction by Ralph Brookfield

The Ealing Club by Alistair Young

An Adolescence in Music by Robert Hokum

The Eel Pie Island Club/Eel Pie Club, Twickenham by Gina Way

The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond by David Sinclair

Ignition – Giorgio Gomelsky by Cheryl Robson

The Bull’s Head, Barnes by Pete Feenstra

The Ricky Tick Club, Windsor by Pete Clack

The Half Moon Club, Putney by Patrick Humphries

The Marquee Club, Soho by Charlotte Banks

The 100 Club, Soho by Richard Luck


“…gives insight into the Big Bang of rock music and why it was centred around southwest London suburbs in the 60s. Highly recommended.” 

– Mark Dezzani, DJ, Radio Caroline


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