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The Legendary Joe Meek: The Telstar Man [Kindle Edition]

John Repsch
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The classic biography of one of the greatest record producers of all time - a man who famously rejected The Beatles. Joe Meek broke the boundaries of pop production in the 1950s and 60s, and dominated the music industry for a period, despite his outsider, renegade approach. Famously, his life ended tragically when he shot both himself and his landlady in 1967, but his legacy remains, and is explored wonderfully in "The Telstar Man"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071B6YHO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 14 Mar. 2010
By Z. Ride
I bought this book having just watched Telstar, the amazing film about the life of Joe Meek. I adored the film and naturally wanted to search out more on the fascinating subject of Joe Meek. I knew very little about the man himself, despite the fact I'd heard of several of his proteges and songs.

I was not disappointed with this purchase. Far from it, it kept me enthralled all the way through. An absolutely brilliant account of a legend whose genius was, sadly, not revered at the time. I know the terms 'legend' and 'genius' are overused in this day and age, but Joe Meek was, and in my opinion still is, a genius and legend. He pioneered the sounds that are taken for granted today and yet he did it on a very low budget and in a bedroom above a shop. He had help along the way, none more so than from another legend, Geoff Goddard, who wrote some fabulous music that even then was criminally underrated.

This book doesnt cover up what Joe Meek was, rather it glories in the fact that Meek was a genius and stunningly brilliant at what he did, even from a very young age. Rooms full of equipment to make different noises, even at his parents' home in Newent. His struggle against the very straight-laced 'scientists' who were producing flat-sounding records back in the late 50s, early 60s - his needing to rebel against this brought us wonderful sounds such as the gorgeous Telstar, and the violin-laden, echo-y sounds that typified the Meek sound.

It doesnt cover up his homosexuality and Meek's struggle to come to terms with this; it portraits it starkly in black and white, particularly his predatory advances to the young lads calling round wanting to be pop stars. For all that, Meek does come across as a character not to be pitied but to be sympathised with.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By D. M. Farmbrough VINE VOICE
This is very readable, yet detailed and fair. Biographies tend to either be hagiographies or character assasinations, especially of larger than life characters such as Meek. But Repsch steers clear of making much of easy targets such as Meek's sexuality or his depression and suicide. He concentrates on the music and career with insights into the troubled life that created them. The discography at the back might need updating now, with the later Meek discoveries being released on C.D., but for a chronicle of his chart career it's invaluable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Eagerly awaited by thousands of Meekophiles, the reprint has finally arrived. Let's put the big glasses on and see what's on offer...The text is largely the same as the original book which is fascinating, but there are extra pictures and a new discography of releases since Meek's death. The cover is also different with a strange colour shot of Mr Meek. The interest in Meek has grown in the last few years, and fans have sought the original book unsuccessfully. I recommend this book, and warn that with a print run of 2000,it will become as sought after as the original print-run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding the wild wind 9 Jan. 2013
By Bob Sherunkle VINE VOICE
When I re-watched the film Telstar, I couldn't help thinking some of the incidents were a bit far-fetched, even for someone as strange as Joe Meek. However, when I went back to the book, I realised that the film is not just based on the book, but is a very faithful adaptation of it. As the book appears to be based on extensive research , including interviews with most of the main protagonists, I assume it is largely true.

The Telstar Man is an absorbing and well-crafted evocation of one of pop's oddest Svengalis. Repsch paints the picture of a driven man who achieved the fame he wanted, but only in patches, and ultimately crashed and burned. He shows in detail how Meek achieved his success by a bewildering mixture of studio home-grown wizardry and head games which veered wildly between charm and hysteria.

Meek is compared, briefly, with two of his contemporaries with their own demons to fight, Brian Epstein and Phil Spector. He was one of the many who turned down the Beatles, later (with the bitterness of sour grapes) ridiculing them as churning out "matchbox music", and he was so paranoid that Spector would steal his ideas that he refused to answer his phone call. Repsch makes a brief but telling comparison between Spector and Meek; Spector had a very low output, honing each production in search of perfection and achieving an incredibly high proportion of hits, whereas Meek let a thousand flowers bloom, always assuming that his next track would be another Telstar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service. 7 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you want a flavour of the Joe Meek story, this is a good peice of it.I enjoyed the book,which gave me many more insights into the story, I thought I knew. Excelent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 4 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very informative. Though there were dozens more songs and singers not mentioned here........People are still somewhat reluctant to come forward regarding the genius Joe. The record industry, both here and in the States was notorious for it's underbelly of evil doings........Readers in any doubt about this, see FRANKIE LYMON, and the late great JACKIE WILSON.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this man and now I am so happy I got to read the book.
Published 2 months ago by Geor-944
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for anyone interested in the history of 60's music.
Great book.
Published 2 months ago by MJF
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for anyone interested in the story of the ...
As new condition book. An excellent read for anyone interested in the story of the incredibly creative and misunderstood record producer.
Published 3 months ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Legendary Joe Meek
Very comprehensive and fascinating but went on a bit too long at times, particularly in the last chapter. Well researched.
Published 14 months ago by Mr R Bevan
4.0 out of 5 stars Music History
The story was well told and gave you an insite into the man behind so many hits. We can look back now and wonder why he did not take on some of the other greats of his time, ie... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R D Wattam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very interesting book, describing the life of a genius from a bygone era. Fascinating insight into his life and work. Amazed by the contacts and missed opportunities he'd had. Read more
Published 23 months ago by neilb
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have been one hell of a troubled guy.
Great book about the talented and troubled genius Joe Meek. A great insight into the music and the bands from the 60's.
Published on 15 Mar. 2013 by Alan Letts
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Out of print at the moment, I never thought I would be able to get it as a a christmas present for my husband, so was very pleased as he had just watched a film about Joe Meek and... Read more
Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by Lorraine Littlewort
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read and insight into British pop music industry in the...
A gripping read and insight into British pop music industry in the fifties and sixties

As an aficionado of pop music of the fifties and sixties I had to read about Joe... Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Peter Wade
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