Telstar traces the rise and tragic fall of an iconic figure of British pop – Joe Meek , Britain’s first independent record producer and original rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. Transforming his tiny flat over a handbag shop in the Holloway Road into a recording studio, Meek produced three massive hits of the period, including the self-written Telstar – one of the biggest sellers of all time. Meek’s passion and drive came hand in hand with a volatile and belligerent manner, which, fuelled by a paranoia-inducing amphetamine addiction made him impossible to work with; his spiritualism led to claims that the dead Buddy Holly was the true author of many of his songs. This black comedy takes us back to the mad days and nights of Meek’s recording sessions between 1961-67, his turbulent career and relationship with his band – a maverick group of local kids; his fateful alliance with land-lady Violet Shenton (Linda Robson); his unrequited love for one-hit-wonder protege Heinz and his blind support for his homegrown acts such as Screaming Lord Sutch while he showed the door to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and many others.

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