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A Tribute to Joe Meek— Far Out Before His Time

Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 October 1978

THROUGHOUT his career, British record producer Joe Meek showed a strong and consistent fascination with outer space and supernatural themes. A kind of backroom electronic genius, he created special effects and dramatic sounds years ahead of their time on primitive equipment. He was known to hold seances during his recording sessions and his life came to a tragic end when he blew his brains out with a shotgun on February 3, 1967 — the eighth anniversary of the death of his idol, Buddy Holly.

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