A Life in the Death of Joe Meek

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A Life in the Death of Joe Meek
Directed by Howard S. Berger and Susan Stahman
Produced by Howard S. Berger and Susan Stahman
Music by Joe Meek and others
Country United States
Language English

A Life in the Death of Joe Meek is an upcoming independent American documentary about the British record producer Joe Meek, made by Howard S. Berger and Susan Stahman. Slated to be released in December 2018.


Joe Meek was one of Britain's premier independent record producers of the late fifties and early sixties, renowned for his pioneering recording techniques and for the futuristic sound of the records he produced, but notorious for his eccentric personality. His biggest success was the production of The Tornados' 1962 worldwide #1 hit "Telstar". After a long struggle with debt, paranoia and depression, he killed his landlady Violet Shenton and shot himself on 3 February 1967.

The documentary was shown as a work-in-progress on the opening night of the 2008 Sensoria Music & Film Festival in Sheffield, on 12 April 2008.[1] Later in 2008 it was shown at the Cambridge Film Festival[2] and the Raindance Film Festival in London.[3] A North American premiere of the film opened the Chattanooga Film Festival on 3 April 2014.[4]

The documentary contains over 60 interviews with Meek's family, close friends, associates, musicians and pop culture movers and shakers.



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