Rock 'N' Roll Island (2015)

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A 30 minute documentary rediscovering Eel Pie Island - the heart of R&B in South-West London in the 60s, and a cornerstone of UK Rock history. Contains exclusive interviews, stills, music ... See full summary »

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Cheryl Robson (co-director), Helen Walker (co-director)

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Cheryl Robson (co-writer), Helen Walker (co-writer)
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A 30 minute documentary rediscovering Eel Pie Island - the heart of R&B in South-West London in the 60s, and a cornerstone of UK Rock history. Contains exclusive interviews, stills, music and archive. What the film tells us: There was nowhere else like Eel Pie Island - not then, not now. It was the epicenter for a new kind of music which emerged in the 60's. What it shows: How the Thames beat sound evolved - distinct from Liverpool's Mersey sound. The importance of black blues music to the development of London R & B. How the English took the blues back to America and made R & B popular with white audiences. How rock music changed in the 70's and how drugs entered the picture. The island's legacy.

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Rock 'n' Roll Island: Where Legends Were Born
28 March 2020 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Original running half an hour this film has subsequently been extended to an hour and I'm assuming most of the extended running time contains present day interviews with fans and music lovers from back in the day. There is not much actual Island dance hall footage that I have not seen before but all put together and with mention of the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Station Hotel and Richmond Athletic Club this is a rather splendid, affectionate and more or less accurate telling of the importance of the period in the 60s when this part of London seemed to lead the way. Good to see those involved with the early jazz days as well as the mid 60s rock and subsequent prog and heavy metal days interviewed, especially representatives of The Downliners Sect, The Others and Yardbirds as well as better known guys such as Rod Stewart. Great stuff!


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