Rock’s Diamond Year
by Ralph Brookfield
Celebrating Rock’s 60th Birthday, 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, and the infamous Eel Pie Island Hotel. With interviews from the archives of magazines such as ‘Blues Matters’, we revisit the days when Eric Clapton was God and Rock ruled the world. Play it Loud!
Why is 2022 ‘Rock’s Diamond Year’?
On March 17th 1962, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started the EALING BLUES CLUB. The first UK gig devoted to ‘electric blues music’. Musicologists agree that this event was the catalyst that would define British Rock music. The Ealing Blues Club sparked a musical revolution that grew further at Twickenham’s Eel Pie Island and Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club, 3 venues that were vital in the careers of: The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds / Eric Clapton, The Who, Cream and many more.
Elsewhere in 1962 there were rumblings of a cultural shift with The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, The Animals, Marshall Amplification and many others setting the tone for what became the UK’s most significant cultural export… Rock & Pop Music.
60 years on from 1962 and ‘ROCK’S DIAMOND YEAR’ will celebrate the UK’s unique contribution to what has become a global music form. The initiative is led by The Ealing Club Community Interest Company’ set up to champion West London music heritage while inspiring new music opportunity for the future.