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ISBN 9781906582470

The British Beat Explosion


Edited by JC Wheatley

Have you heard about Eel Pie Island?

Anyone with an interest in the history of UK rock 'n' roll is familiar with the Cavern Club and the role that Merseyside played in the story of the British Beat scene. But on a far less celebrated but no less significant path, over a small bridge on an island in the middle of the Thames, another great 60s club night played host to acts that would later make a global name for themselves. The Rolling Stones, Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, the Small Faces, the Yardbirds and David Bowie are among the many acts who performed at the legendary Eel Pie Hotel during its 50s and 60s heyday, as did jazz greats such as Cyril Davies, Ken Colyer and Acker Bilk.

In this collection of essays from the likes of Zoe Howe (music journalist), Michele Whitby (exhibition curator) and Gina Way (co-owner of the current Eel Pie Club) as well as the musicians themselves, we trace the origins of a scene that is long overdue for recognition.