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This 1991 Arena documentary features talking-head footage from members of the Meek family and from artists and producers who worked with him.
There is something compelling about the story of Joe Meek, a sonic outsider who created some of the most unique and innovative music of the late fifties and sixties and yet hide to hide one of the most core elements of his personality, the fact that he way gay.
Fascinated by the occult and the emerging paradigm of flying saucers and extraterrestrial entities, Joe Meek lived on the edge of creativity and paranoia, battling his demons as a post-war generation grooved to the soundtracks he provided for their lives.
U-Roy, is a Jamaican vocalist and pioneer of toasting. U-Roy is noted for a melodic style of toasting applied with a highly developed sense of timing.
U-Roy was preceded by the toasters Count Matchuki, King Stitt and Sir Lord Comic who themselves were influenced by the jive talk of the US disc jockeys that they heard on American radio stations who’s broadcasts reached the Caribbean. U-Roy was the first toaster to popularise the form through a series of successful releases on the Duke Reid label gaining a wider audience for toasting. This approach to production and the remixing of previously recorded tracks with a new vocal influenced the early hip-hop pioneers.
Yellow Magic Orchestra (often referred to simply as YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass and keyboards and vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards and vocals).
Considered influential innovators in the field of popular electronic music They contributed to the development of synthpop, electro, contemporary J-pop, house, techno, and hip hop music. More broadly, their influence is evident across various genres of popular music, including electronic dance, ambient music, chiptune and game music.
The Incredible String Band were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially within the British counterculture, before splitting up in 1974. The group’s members are musical pioneers in psychedelic folk and, by integrating a wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music.