What’s New in Issue 123
February 25, 2012 in Editorial
After nearly fifteen years as Reviews Editor and Editor of Blues In Britain, Jon Taylor and I are stepping down and handing the magazine on to Michael Ford and his team at Brontë Blues Club, in West Yorkshire. I will still contribute the occasional article and live review and I am looking forward to getting out to more gigs and festivals.
This issue celebrates fifty years of blues in Britain. On 17th March 1962, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started blues nights at The Ealing Jazz Club, a basement bar opposite Ealing Broadway station. It brought together musicians, singers and fans and was the catalyst that started British rhythm and blues. It was there that Brian Jones, who had hitched from Cheltenham, met Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Bob Salmons and Alastair Young, two Ealing based blues fans, have raised funds to have a commemorative blue plaque erected on the building which housed the club. They have contributed two articles; Bob, who is Director of the Ealing Blues Festival, has written an evaluation of how the legacy of the club affected the course of popular music and Alastair has created a time line outlining events in those early days. Bobby Korner, Alexis Korner’s widow, will unveil the plaque at 1p.m. on Saturday 17th March 2012. Then there will be music in the venue, now much improved and called The Red Room.
Having lived through the sixties in the UK, I have always wondered what it was like for Americans to experience the British Invasion, as they called it. Who better to ask than the Professor of Pop, Paul Gambaccini, the American DJ and UK resident? I went to see him and he was wonderfully informative.
Our cover artist Oli Brown is not much older than Mick Jagger was in 1962. He is about to release his third album Here I Am, on Ruf Records. I called Oli to hear about the making of the album, most of which is original material.
We have another in the occasional series of Blues In Britain CDs. This time it is a unique collection of live tracks recorded at Shakedown Blues in Castor. It will be distributed free to all subscribers to Blues In Britain.
To all our contributors and readers, thank you for your support over the years! Keep on reading the magazine and supporting the blues.