BeatleLinks LogoNav Panel New Sites Cool Sites Top Rated Fab Forum Add A Site Link To Us Revolution Radio New Products

Go Back   BeatleLinks Fab Forum > Other Forums > Not Only A Northern Song


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Nov 30, 2010, 06:32 AM   #1
Nowhere Anne
Wild Honey Pie
Join Date: Mar 02, 2010
Posts: 618
Wink Joe Meek

In younger days, my relative met the legendary record producer and songwriter Joe Meek (born on 5 April 1929). You may have heard of him, as a film about his turbulent life and amazing career in music was released recently. It's named after his 1962 hit 'Telstar'. My relative wrote to him at his flat / studio at 304 Holloway Road, Islington, London. It was a small flat above a leather-goods shop... not a good place for a studio as the musicians had to literally drag their instruments up a steep flight of stairs! He wrote back to my dad to invite him to see his now-famous studio and production company, RGM Sound Ltd. (his full name was Robert George Meek). Joe Meek gave him some tapes of the strange, new and futuristic music that he created.

Although very talented in his professional life, in his private life he was a very troubled man. Not only was he was obsessed with the infamous dark world of the occult, he also suffered from paranoia (due to the fact that rival producers actually bugged his flat to steal his unique sounds) and drug use, and was prone to rage and depression. All of this was not helped by the fact the Joe Meek was homosexual (which was illegal in the UK at the time) and this placed him under great pressure. Thankfully, things have improved greatly since then and the attitudes towards homeosexuality are very different now.

According to eyewitnesses, through an occult item known as a ouija board, he even warned Buddy Holly about his upcoming death. In 1958, Joe had once chased Buddy Holly around London in order to give him a note warning that he would face great danger on 3rd February. Unfortunately, he didn't know the year. After that date had passed, and by the time it came round again next year, all caution was dismissed. They say 'forearmed is forewarned', but not in this case - the following year, to the day, Buddy Holly died in a horrific plane crash at the tender age of only 22.

Then, on 3rd February 1967 (the eighth anniversary of Buddy Holly's death), Joe Meek, aged only 37, killed his landlady and then committed suicide by shooting himself with a single barreled shotgun that he had confiscated from some other musicians at his Holloway Road home / studio. He had flown into a rage and taken the gun from someone when he informed him that it had been used on tour to shoot birds. He had kept the gun under his bed, along with some cartridges. When people saw him, during his last days, people said that they didn't even recognise him. He was a shadow of his former self; a flawed genius.

What are your thoughts about this pioneering figure of popular music?

Do you like his work as producer of some of the finest music ever recorded?

Have you seen the biopic 'Telstar'?

Nowhere Anne is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weekly British LP Top 10 Wolf And Your Bird Can Sing 7 Dec 25, 2010 10:11 PM
Joe - An accurate reflection of music today? beatlemad Not Only A Northern Song 0 Feb 26, 2006 11:13 AM
JOE MEEK-Worried by the Beatles the family cat Abbey Road 8 Dec 10, 2005 09:36 AM
Joe Strummer HMVNipper Here, There & Everywhere 7 Dec 24, 2002 04:23 AM
Beatle Brunch Host Joe Johnson Interview with Paul (Part 1) **DONOTDELETE** I Read The News Today 5 Jun 14, 2002 10:26 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Site Features
Search Links

  Advanced Search
Category Jump





New User Sign-Up!
Lost Password?
Beatles History

The costs of running our database and discussion forum are steadily rising. Any help we receive is greatly appreciated. Click HERE for more information about donating to BeatleLinks.
» Chat Room
» Current News
» Monthly Contest
» Interviews Database
» Random Site
» Banner Exchange
» F.A.Q.
» Advertise
» Credits
» Legal
» Contact Us
Copyright © 2000-2019 BeatleLinks
All Rights Reserved