“To enjoy Joe Meek’s demos does require a sense of humor, and an appreciation of the absurd. Out of these moans and groans came the likes of “Telstar,” a global chart-topper that also made a pre-Beatles hit in the US. A producer of daring, innovation and sometimes surprising grace, Joe Meek the singer was a different beast entirely. To this Mr. Hyde of pop, I respectfully bow my head, tip my hat, and brace myself for the music we are all about to hear.” – Frank M. Young

 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He’ll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He’s a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.
 

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