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Telstar

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:09 pm
by garth cartwright
I'm surprised that no one herehas gone to see Telstar, the Joe Meek biopic. It is very well acted and caught the early 60s London flavour well. Yes, it succumbs to several biopic cliches but it is strong enough to survive these. for those interested in the development of British pop-rock and just how inventive and crazy Meek was this is essential viewing.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:47 pm
by john poole
I don't think it's been screened outside London yet.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:02 pm
by uiwangmike
The director, Nick Moran, came to a showing at the NFT yesterday, saying the film has been doing good business nationally. I found it a bit cartoonish, especially Kevin Spacey's retired major turn as Joe Meek's business partner. Interesting to see Jess Conrad appearing both as a character (having a dressing-room fight with Heinz) and as an actor (playing Larry Parnes). The film adds Meek to the list of People Who Turned Down The Beatles - any truth in that?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:50 pm
by NormanD
uiwangmike wrote:The film adds Meek to the list of People Who Turned Down The Beatles - any truth in that?
Yes, there is. According to his biographer, John Repsch (The Legendary Joe Meek - The Telstar Man), Meek tells the story that following The Fabs' rejection by Decca, Pye, Columbia, Philips, HMV, etc., Brian Epstein "wined and dined him all over London, but they could not agree on terms. Epstein, he said, wanted too large a percentage for doing too little work....Joe meanwhile was no more impressed with their audition tape than anyone else, seeing The Beatles as just another noisy group covering other people's songs."

The author adds "It seems far more likely that Joe was the one asking for the extra high percentage and that desperate though Epstein was, he was not that desperate!"

The writer then goes on to ponder what a Meek production of The Fabs might have been like, though doubts the likelihood of a working relationship surviving beyond a couple of singles.

Sorry I can't comment on the film - it's on the list!

Re: Telstar

PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:17 pm
by AndyM
This film was on BBC2 on Friday & is on the iPlayer for a week. A chance for those (like me) who missed it on release.

It's a bit erratic, and very unsure of its tone (laddish hi-jinks jostle against tortured gay angst), but there are strong performances and some jolly muso references along the way.

Re: Telstar

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:32 pm
by Ted
Some fantastic close-ups of old Vortexion mixers too.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:05 am
by john poole
NormanD wrote:
uiwangmike wrote:The film adds Meek to the list of People Who Turned Down The Beatles - any truth in that?
Yes, there is. According to his biographer, John Repsch (The Legendary Joe Meek - The Telstar Man), Meek tells the story that following The Fabs' rejection by Decca, Pye, Columbia, Philips, HMV, etc., Brian Epstein "wined and dined him all over London, but they could not agree on terms. Epstein, he said, wanted too large a percentage for doing too little work....Joe meanwhile was no more impressed with their audition tape than anyone else, seeing The Beatles as just another noisy group covering other people's songs."

The author adds "It seems far more likely that Joe was the one asking for the extra high percentage and that desperate though Epstein was, he was not that desperate!"

The writer then goes on to ponder what a Meek production of The Fabs might have been like, though doubts the likelihood of a working relationship surviving beyond a couple of singles.

Sorry I can't comment on the film - it's on the list!

Extremely belated response for Beatles week on SotW, prompted by something I saw online elsewhere this week - no there probably isn't any truth in the claim. Repsch doesn't indicate in his book exactly when he believes Joe said that he turned the Beatles down, whereas a quote from Joe in a 1963 issue of Mersey Beat expresses his disappointment that the Beatles (and Gerry & the Pacemakers ...) had not approached him when they were looking for a contract.
http://www.triumphpc.com/mersey-beat/ar ... meek.shtml

The Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn also believes it is unlikely Brian Epstein would have approached Meek and notes that stories suggesting otherwise didn't appear until fifteen years later, and after Meek's death.