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Big Boy Pete

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Even in his home town San Francisco, few people are aware that the quietly spoken Englishman, Pete Miller, whose recording studio has serviced hundreds of bands since opening its doors in 1977, is in fact, Big Boy Pete. The enigmatic psychedelic legend from the sixties.

If you have never heard of Big Boy Pete, you may not be alone. But if you’re an avid record collector, you will know that his 1968 45rpm disc “Cold Turkey” is now a prized collector’s item. (It commanded a $400 reserve price at last year’s Sothebys Rock and Roll auction in London). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, U.S., includes this record in its list of Psychedelic Classics. Big Boy Pete’s name is painted on the museum wall right next to the Beatles’ name.
Pete’s sixties recordings have been re-released in England for the past couple of years on the Tenth Planet label. They are now becoming available in the US courtesy of Gear Fab Records, Bacchus Archives (a subsidiary of Dionysus Records), and 3 Acre Floor Records.

But wait! There’s yet another interesting facet of Pete’s career. Probably not a single student of the Audio Institute of America (and there have been thousands in over 100 countries around the world), realise that Big Boy Pete is the Founder and President of this State licensed educational school for recording engineers.

Pete engineered his first recording in 1959. He was in one of the bands from the original British invasion of the sixties.

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