Joe Meek - 304 Holloway Road

Julie Rose Bower

A vision of the future of pop music from the man behind the sunglasses

The story of sixties songwriter and producing maestro Joe Meek is one of spectacular, albeit short-lived, success. The horrifying downward trajectory following his conviction for ‘importuning for immoral purposes’ ended in the murder of his landlady and his suicide. Live artist Julie Rose Bower will create a trail around the area of North London where Meek was based, which will include multimedia installations. The route will end outside Meek’s home studio, where digital projections and a live performance created with the community over the summer plays out to his early electronic classic 'I Hear A New World'.

Take part...

If you want to be part of the first official heritage project about this pop music visionary, come volunteer with us. Interact with visitors to the trail and passersby who see new things appearing in the public realm along the Holloway Road such as:

  • a sixties shower cubicle in a park with the sound of a heavenly choir of backing vocalists creating Joe Meek's trademark vocal reverb sound
  • a pair of Joe Meek's sunglasses with music video imagery projected onto the lenses

There's a briefing session at 3pm on Sunday 3 September to meet with Julie Rose and hear more about the what to find on the trail and the history behind this pop music heritage project. Attending the session is not required though as it is possible to meet and brief on the day, just get in touch to register your interest: contact Julie Rose on: julierosebower@gmail.com or call her on 07751611220.

Come see, and hear!

A journey from Holloway Road Tube Station along Holloway Road to Nº. 304.

  • 7-9 September:  Multimedia installation trail 1100-1900

  • 8 & 9 September: Performance and building projection 1930

Download the trail here!