Sound Cases: Ealing - the home of British Rhythm and Blues?
When: Thu 17 May 2012, 13.00 - 14.00
Where: Centre for Conservation, British Library
Price: Free, booking essential
In Ealing there is a nightclub, now called the Red Room, which in the early 1960s was one of the homes - if not the birthplace - of British Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Rock. The Rolling Stones met and formed there, and leaders of the British R’n’B movement such as Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies ran club nights there. In March 2012 a blue plaque was placed on the building to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Korner Davies club night. Harry Shapiro, Alexis Korner's biographer and Alistair Young, the man behind the Blue Plaque campaign, will talk about the birth of British rhythm and blues with a particular emphasis on the Ealing.