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Eel Pie Records draws on the rock ’n’ roll heritage of the Middlesex enclave that hosted early shows by the Stones, Sabbath and The Who. John Earls hears how the area is finally ready to make its mark in music again, 50 years on


Twickenham town centre in 2018 is what you’d expect from a well-to-do suburb on the outskirts of West London: artisan cafes, craft-beer shops, candle boutiques and all manner of other stores to cater for residents who have done alright for themselves. It’s pretty – but it doesn’t exactly show any signs of rock ’n’ roll mayhem.

It was a different story 50 years ago when, under the stewardship of jazz trumpeter Brian Rutland, the nearby Eel Pie Island Hotel played host to early shows by The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Black Sabbath and Genesis. Rod Stewart sang there with the Hoochie Coochie Men, while Pete Townshend owned the nearby Eel Pie Recording Studios.

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