The Front Page Man
A newspaper-style trail guide guiding visitors along The Holloway Road and around the ten installations that made up "Joe Meek – 304 Holloway Road" for LGBTQ Heritage Open Days Unsung Stories Festival 7-9 September, 2017. The front page, by kind permission, reproduces the Evening Standard from the day Joe Meek died and the back page reproduces another front page news article regarding his conviction for cruising. For a readable copy of the newspaper please see below and to request a copy please contact the artist.
The Green Door Man
A lightbox styled as a green door, title of one of Joe Meek's first big hit records. When you peek through the peep hole you see the image of Gina Ware, proprietress of The Gateways, a gay club that Joe Meek frequented in Chelsea and that also famously had a green door.
When they said 'Joe sent me'
Someone laughed out loud behind the Green Door
The Ghost-in-the-machine Man
A dansette record play with moving image projected into the lid showing footage montaging sixties horror films that Joe Meek loved with images of Heinz, the wannabe pop star that Joe Meek created and fell in love with and whose bleached hair was a reference to the film 'Day of the Dead'.
The Radar Man
A radar unit installation referencing Joe Meek's national service as a radar mechanic and broadcasting the world's first openly gay pop song 'Do You Come Here Often?' produced by Joe Meek in 1966.
Installed in Biddestone Park, across the street from Joe Meek's studio at 304 Holloway Road.
The Reverb Man
A shower cubicle with the sound of the heavenly choir of backing vocalists issuing from the shower head and the sound of a male lead vocalist coming up through the plughole. This installation brings to life the legendary recording conditions at 304 Holloway Road with musicians scattered across the three levels of the flat and the Joe Meek trademark vocal sound achieved by recording singers performing in the tiled bathroom.
Installed in Biddestone Park, across the street