THE FINAL OF THE FIRST EVER Family of Rock/Geronimo Pub Quiz was held last night, 181109 at the legendary Elgin Pub Ladbroke Grove  – not the Elgin in Maida Vale our pals from Lord Palmerston inadvertently fetched up at but the Geronimo chain’s flagship west London live music, pub and eating establishment.

And so  it happenned that the winning team, The Elgin Eggheads, actually secured the first prize on the night –  a mouthwateringly beautiful, signed and personally dedicated, limited edition hot babe…

Oh no, sorry that is our boss, Scarlet –  its what she’s holding in her hot little hands that was the  prize – a signed, limited edition Crimson and Roxy Family  Tree.

See it and weep, guys n gals.

I know I did.

Ecstatic Elgin Eggheads get their Signed Crimson and Roxy Tree From Scarlet
Ecstatic Elgin Eggheads get their Signed Crimson and Roxy Tree From Scarlet

To mark the venue’s historic place in Joe Strummer’s career we asked  our live guests – The Wutars, Galelee and Country Dirt – to put a little Clash tribute into their short sets.

They did so, most agreeably.

The Wutars kicked things off with a blisteringly confident acoustic salvo , their first gig of the evening before racing across town to play in Kings Cross. Their choice of Strummer favourite, Eddy Grant’s ever timely Equals classic Police On My Back, seized the moment, rocking hard and free.

After Eugene Manzi mastered the quiz there was more music before the results. Galelee,  comprising Siskin’s Galen Ayers and Lee  McDougall, honoured us by playing their first ever gig featuring pointed originals and a canny and participatory Guns Of Brixton.

Galen has got strong Rock Family Tree genes through her dad Kevin , great English psychedelic iconoclast/Soft Machine stalwart ,and she’s extending it every which way – solo, with Lee in Galelee and Kirsty in Siskin and the everythingisabenefit charity.

Lee and Galen. How you gonna come?
Lee and Galen. How you gonna come?

The crowd on the night included many friendly faces from the previous heats, writer Paolo Hewitt, video director Pedro Rhomanyi, guitarist promo director Chris Chesney, the irrepressible Tracy Winchester, Nuala, that lovely bloke who used to work at Virgin and who took me (and a bunch of freeloading journos) out for lobster at the start of The Rolling Stones tour in Boston 4 years ago.

Nice to see you all!

And to close the evening came the amazing Country Dirt. I’m biased, of course. But they are great AND they got people dancing.


So  great was the music and so good the chat afterwards that I ALMOST could forgive The Elgin ipod for –  not once but twice! –  breaking the cardinal rule of ANY venue with its eyes set  on rock glory – NO COLDPLAY ON THE SOUNDSYSTEM.

Still a good time was had by All (All Green that is, brother of Al).

Lets do it agin, y’all.



These are exciting times for The Family Of Rock, there’s no point trying to hide it.

Wednesday 18th November now THAT is a date for the diary.

The final of The Rock Family Trees Quiz at The Elgin, Ladbroke Grove, W11.

Where its all happening, Rockers. And Rollers too, baby.
Where its all happening, Rockers. And Rollers too, baby.

The Final, ladies and gentlemen,The Final of the ONLY quiz based on Pete Frame’s Rock Family Trees.

Winning teams from the 3 heats held last week at Geronimo Pubs in NW5 (Lord Palmerston) E3 (The Crown) and W12 (The Eagle) will meet to compete against local teams including The Elgin Eggheads (a conclave of the music industry’s most knowledgeable brains AND Eddie Floyd’s recent guitarist)

There’ll  be other teams there too – get one together yourself. Join in the fun.

Anyone, in fact, who can rustle a team together and  fancies their chances of being among the first ever people to win the ultimate passport to Rock N Roll Heaven – A Rock Family Tree Art Print – is URGED to attend.

Nominally valued at £250 plus VAT – but, in reality, priceless – the limited edition print is just a part of the prize for the winning team – it also includes a £250 Bar Tab .

For runners up there’s similarly lovely money incentives and goodies from FRock Geronimo Fun House that will have your eyes a-poppin’. And watering.

The quiz is free to enter the questions, compiled from Pete Frames’s Family Trees, are being written by the unbribable Gavin Martin and fearsome Eugene Manzi. There’ll be great food and drink too though neither food or drink will be free, unless you can sweet talk we.

Live music will also be heard from bands including The Wutars, Country Dirt and GaleLee.

Cuntree Dirt maybe that should be?  Cuntree Dirt featuring Marianne Hyatt.

Marianne being just ONE of the marvellous contributors waiting in the wings with their piece  primed and ready to hit the FRock blog once the Quiz is over.

In Texan Marianne’s blog we’ll hear about a Motown education she had to come to London to receive.

In  70s Suffolk gal and 21st century legend Suzanne Moore’s blog we’ll hear about showdown with Black Sabbath on a hill overlooking London in 1972.

IN Drummer John Sussewell’s Questionnaire describes a musical odyssey from Brooklyn to Billy Cobham. From 60s dreams to a lifetime of reality of making the music he dreamed of.

It was John’s turning up in the Facebook Group Do You Know Who Pete Frame Is? that inspired the family of rock questionnaire many more of which will feature   on the website in the months ahead. And there’ll be contributions and observations from  Dylan Howe, The Rotten Hill Gang and Maria Gallagher, Chris Salewicz, Suggs, Bono, Jon Tiven, David Hood and a host of the genii, the atoms and chromosomes that make up this Family of Rock.

Excitement reigns.

See you at The Elgin.