Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood opens music studio in Canning Town

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Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones opened a music studio in Canning Town to help budding young musicians.

The rock legend chatted with young people during a tour of the new Links Studio – which is based at the Community Links center in Barking Road – on Tuesday, July 3.


Ronnie Wood with his wife Sally and young musicians.
– Credit: Dave J Hogan

He told the Recorder: “It means so much to help these young children and to see the expression on their faces when they receive a little encouragement. I like to help them.

“I remember when I was little I had the privilege of hanging out with my older brothers. They all played a range of instruments. They helped me – put my fingers on the neck of the guitar.

“And it’s a bit like giving [youngsters here] a hand.”


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Back in Newham, Ronnie said: “I appreciate it every time.”


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUG 03: Ronnie Wood and Sally Wood arrive to open music studios at Communit

Ronnie and Sally arrive to open the music studios at Community Links in Canning Town.
– Credit: Dave J Hogan

Joined by his wife Sally, Ronnie posed for photos in front of the band’s famous logo on the tongue and lips outside the studio.

Guests heard how Ronnie had taken it to Canning Town from a studio – where he was jamming with fellow rock star Sir Rod Stewart – to be at the launch of another.

During his visit, the 74-year-old superstar presented young people with a poster and set list from the Stones’ concert at London Stadium on May 25, 2018.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUG 03: Ronnie Wood presents a list of a London stadium show that raised

Ronnie Wood presents a set list of a London Stadium show that raised funds for the project.
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During the concert, Mick Jagger shouted, “Anyone here from Canning Town? To which the crowd responded with a resounding “Yes”.

Proceeds from the concert went to the specially designed studio, which will host workshops as well as courses leading to qualifications in music technology and sound engineering.

At the launch, Ronnie listened to tracks created by young people in Newham where more than half of children are considered to be living in poverty, according to Trust for London.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUG 03: Ronnie Wood views a recording studio as he opens the music studios at C

Ronnie Wood watches a recording studio while on tour on Tuesday August 3.
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The musician said: “I started from nothing so I can really appreciate what these young stars are going through.

“They’re going to be duly inspired, I hope, by the building and all the things the studio has to offer and the opportunities they can have in the arts.”


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUG 03: Ronnie Wood opens music studios at Community Links in Canning Town

Community Links director Chi Kavindele said the studio would give “vulnerable” young people the opportunity to get excited about the future again.
– Credit: Dave J Hogan

Chi Kavindele, director of Community Links, said the studio would give “vulnerable” young people the opportunity to get excited about the future again.

“Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, from the disruption of school life to the reduction of jobs.

“We want it to be a gateway for future artists, producers and engineers.”


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUG 03: Ronnie Wood and Sally Woods pose next to The Rolling Stones art as he op

Ronnie and Sally Wood pose next to Rolling Stones artwork at the opening of Community Links Music Studios in Canning Town.
– Credit: Dave J Hogan

Studio Director Joelle Reefer said: “I was blown away by what we have to offer.”


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