Ealing Club movie, awards and more awards

On 4th November 2017, the Doc’ n Roll Film Festival 2017 at The Barbican in London launched with a showing of Suburban Steps To Rockland: the story of the Ealing Club. With a Q and A with Director, Giorgio Guernier and Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things, we’ll review the film in our blog.

Amongst those interviewed in the film are:

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)

In other news, two Blues awards are making waves.

Pete Feenstra (centre, above, with Carvin Jones left and Bluesman Mike Francis to the right) has just received his award from the European Blues Awards. Voting on the next round of awards is open until 12th November.

In addition, the UK Blues Federation has announced its UK Blues Awards which commence in 2018.

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Rest In Music, Jack Bruce

The British Blues Exhibition website and – when ready – events exist to celebrate British Blues from the very start to the modern day.

It is with sadness that we note the passing on 25th October 2014 of Jack Bruce, one of the most notable musicians and composers of British Blues, especially famous for his work with the band Cream.

A particularly fine tribute has been paid to Jack by Downbeat magazine in the US, and this can be read here.