Tim Lucas: Telstar & Me
In 1962, “Telstar” became a #1 record in the United States – the first British band recording ever to earn that distinction. I was only five years old when Joe Meek and The Tornados recorded it; when it was inundating the Top 40 airwaves, I was six and being raised by my widowed mother and [...]Read More
Telstar, Tim Lucas & Me
I’ve asked my friend and mentor, Tim Lucas, to address on this site his personal impressions of Joe Meek’s song, TELSTAR. For those unfamiliar with Tim’s “credentials”, let me try to boil it down to a brief, contained nutshell: with several of his teen years spent writing for “Cinfantastique” magazine in the 1970′s, then writing [...]Read More
Telstar (the band) was formed in 2011 by Eva Gardner (former bass player for Mars Volta and daughter of Kim Gardner, bass player for The Creation and The Birds), Chris Unck (producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist) and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Stew Heyduk. Like their inspiration Joe Meek’s top tunes, their recordings are deceptively light, amiable pop – but underneath [...]Read More
Mike Stax on Joe Meek
As I write this it’s been forty-six years to the day since Joe Meek ended his life. What is it about his work that, almost half a century later, continues to astound and fascinate us? After 35 years or so of listening to Joe’s music, I’m still trying to get my head around it all. [...]Read More
And away we go!
Since this website’s launch on February 3rd, we have received many emails from all over the world asking about Joe and our project. On our Facebook page, in just one week, we’ve grown by over 300 new friends! It seems that the interest in Joe is expanding by the second and we are excited to [...]Read More
Keith Grant (1941 – 2012)
What’s rough about making a documentary like A LIFE IN THE DEATH OF JOE MEEK, one whose story is stapled to the center of a previous century, is that, every now and then, we have to deal with the passing of one of our “cast”. This past autumn, we had to grapple with the death [...]Read More
Hello, New World! We hear you! You hear us?
So here we are, launching the official website for, A LIFE IN THE DEATH OF JOE MEEK our documentary on the life and career of the United Kingdom’s first independent pop record producer. Our mission with these pages is to bring you, not only the latest information about our documentary (its future stages of fundraising, production, [...]Read More