Saturday, January 27, 2007


JOE MEEK was an excentric English recording engineer and independent record producer…in fact, he was the first of this breed. He is the patron saint of home recorders – after getting kicked out of Abbey Road (or Landsdown Road??) for recording with distortion on purpose (plus other audio & personality high crimes), he set up shop in his apartment at 304 Holloway Road in North London.

After a string of hits including the FANTASTIC “Telstar” and “Have I The Right?” by The Honeycombs, he got progressively screwy, got popped several times for soliciting and eventually shot his landlord & himself on February 3rd, 1967.

Tough business, this pop life. He was a genius.


NP: “It’s Hard To Believe It”/The Best of Joe Meek

PEEVE DE JOUR: not enough time with WG. not enough time to finish the cover of "Fortunate Son". not enough sleep. not enough dough. not enough. not enough. not enough.

JOIE DE JOUR: taking my kid & WG to “Arthur & The Invisibles”. rehearsing with HG & 2/3rds of Chi-Pig for BH's 60th birthday party.

cb…where are you?



Blogger Clive said...

You are using my copyright image of Joe Meek standing in front of Shenton's Leather Shop in Holloway Road. Please contact me.
Clive Bubley

PS Mrs Shenton's first name was Violet not Viola

5:13 AM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

sorry - pulled it off Google.

will delete.


9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad Google. Where's the Electronic freedom Foundation when you need them!

8:35 AM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

that's okay. some of CB's pix had an overlay of © info, some didn't. i picked one that didn't. am more vexed that i got Mrs. Shenton's name wrong!


10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to write that I suspected that Clive Bubley (say it out loud) wasn't a real person, but there you go. not only does he have a url to his shots of Joe Meek...

... he also appears to be the distributor (if not the inventor - I haven't had time to read the whole thing) of the famous (to those in the world of A/V over the age of 40) Tachistoscope:

Cool - Harvey

12:44 PM  

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