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On the 17th of March 1962 the Ealing Jazz Club, commonly known as the Ealing Club, was advertised in the UK Music press as Britain's First Rhythm and Blues venue. The list of influential musicians that would become associated with the club is breathtaking; from the Rolling Stones, who met and played their second-ever show at the Ealing Club, to The Who and Eric Clapton. The Ealing Club became the launchpad for the careers of a golden generaton of British rock musicians. The film features video footage, interviews, photographs and animated sequences documenting the beginnings of a seminal period of British rock history; a time before the height of the Swinging Sixties. The film presents fresh and amusing anecdotes about the bands who would eventually play their sounds to the world, the list of interviewees includes so far:

  • GENO WASHINGTON (Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band)
  • JEREMY SPENCER (Fleetwood Mac founder member)
  • ERIC BELL (Thin Lizzy founder member)
  • NICK SIMPER (Deep Purple founder member)
  • MIKE VERNON (Producer - David Bowie, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac)
  • JACK BRUCE (Cream)
  • GINGER BAKER (Cream)
  • JOHN MAYALL (John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers)
  • PAUL JONES (Manfred Mann)
  • ERIC BURDON (The Animals)
  • DICK TAYLOR (The Pretty Things, first Rolling Stones bassist)

Filmmakers

Director/Producer
GIORGIO GUERNIER

After obtaining an MA degree in Screenwriting (2008) and collaborating with the Italian Production Company Gli Alcuni, co-writing some episodes of the kids-oriented TV-show Slash (2009-2010), then broadcasted on the Italian National Tv (RAI2) and abroad (Spain, Portugal, Israel), Giorgio moved to London in 2012. 'Suburban Steps to Rockland' is his first feature film.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
OMAR BARCHETTA

With an MA degree in Audiovisual Production under his belt, Omar started working for the Italian television channel LA7 in 2006 as an assistant director, editor and then author and camera operator, co-writing some episodes of La Gaia scienza and Atlantide. In 2012 he moved to London and in November started working as a camera operator and cinematographer on Suburban Steps to Rockland.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ALISTAIR YOUNG

A blues fan and amateur bassist, in 2011 Alistair co-founded the Ealing Club Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rock heritage of West London. Thanks to the Ealing Club CIC, on the 17th of March 2012, the Ealing Blue Plaque was unveiled and the event witnessed the participation of Bobbie Korner, wife of Alexis, and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones. Alistair is the executive producer of Suburban Steps to Rockland.

Job done! :)
April 25, 2017

Almost four years in the making, more than 50 interviews, super cool animated sequences and lots of fascinating archive videoclips and photos… the definitive documentary about ‘The Cradle of British Rock’ is finally completed! More news soon… check out FB, a page will be set up very soon.

Marshall Amps
August 25, 2015

Really excited to have these people supporting the film with a proper sponsorship. The story of the first Marshall shop, which opened up in Ealing in 1960 is very tied up with the story of The Ealing Club.

Jack Bruce, rest in peace
October 26, 2014

We are sad to hear about the passing of Jack Bruce. We didn’t get to know him personally, we just met him once. He was a very nice and friendly man. Out thoughts go to his family and loved ones. Suburban Steps to Rockland crew  

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