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An evening all things Joe Meek - hosted by Alan Wilson

Exclusive talk and special film screening

Club Velocity/New Mind presents...

An exclusive talk by Alan Wilson (Western Star Recordings) - the man who has been digitising the Tea Chest Tapes for the last two years for Cherry Red Records. Alan is the only person to have heard everything on the Tea Chest Tapes. In music circles, these Tea Chest Tapes are a huge part of popular music history. Honoured that Alan has agreed to visit the Reading Biscuit Factory and to tell what he has discovered.

PLUS: A showing of the film 'Telstar', telling the story of Joe Meek. Featuring the likes of James Corden, Ralph Little, Tom Burke, Ralf Little, Nigel Harman, Pam Ferris, Mathew Bayton, Justin Hawkins (the Darkness) and Carl Barat (The Libertines)

The film has not been shown in a cinema for years.

About Joe Meek

Joe Meek was a highly influential music producer, engineer, songwriter, and record label owner that operated mainly during the 1960s.

He was a self-taught electronics whizz, who amazingly produced a string of homemade hit singles in his flat above a leather shop in London.

He pioneered studio tools such as multiple over-dubbing on one-and two-track machines, close miking, direct impact of bass guitars, the compressor, and effects like echo and reverb, as well as sampling.

His biggest hits Have I the Right (Honeycombs), Just Like Eddie (Heinz), Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton) and Telstar (The Tornados) - which was the first number single in the USA and the UK.

Geoff Godard, who lived in Reading, wrote many songs for Joe Meek and his acts such as The Tornados, Heinz, John Leyton, and Screaming Lord Sutch.

The Tea Chest Tapes

After Joe Meek's death at the age of 37 in 1967, thousands of unreleased tapes were discovered. These were labelled the 'Tea Chest Tapes' as they were stored in tea chests. Containing over 4000 hours of music, including very early recordings by David Bowie, Gene Vincent, Tom Jones, Billy Fury, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, and Mitch Mitchell.

In September 2020, Cherry Red records announced that they have purchased the Tea Chest Tapes, and Alan Wilson has for the last two years been digitalizing the tapes in his studio in Bristol. The first releases on Cherry Red are scheduled for this summer.