Everyone has heard of The Cavern Club in Liverpool, but few people know of the influence of a rundown hotel on Eel Pie Island, which was the London launch pad for many well-known musicians in the 60s including The Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Island, a new award-winning indie film by co-producer/director Cheryl Robson, celebrates the musical history of Eel Pie Island, a small island in the Thames in South-West London which became the epicenter of rhythm and blues music in the 60s.
“There was definitely something in the water in South West London which affected all those who went, played, sang or danced at Eel Pie Island. The energy was infectious.” ~Project Director Cheryl Robson
The film offers exclusive interviews with rock musicians such as Rod Stewart and Steve Hackett (Genesis) plus Mick Avory from The Kinks, Top Topham from The Yardbirds, Phil May from The Pretty Things, Geoff Cole from the Ken Colyer Band, Bob Dwyer from The Southern Stompers, Don Craine and Keith Grant from The Downliners Sect and Paul Stewart from The Others, as well as with fans who went to the Island and combines this with archive and newly-discovered stills. A local museum is being crowdfunded to celebrate the Island’s musical heritage.
Film screenings of Rock ‘n’ Roll Island are being shown at: