Jonathan Smeeton

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Jonathan Smeeton is a British lighting and production designer who was active in the UK from the late 1960s, and then in the US from late 1970s up to his retirement in 2018.

Smeeton started out in the UK underground scene in the late 1960s. By 1971, he had become involved with Hawkwind, using the alias Liquid Len and the Lensmen (a reference to the Lensman space opera books), and remained with them for seven years developing his craft.[1]

He was name-checked in the Genesis tune "The Battle of Epping Forest" from Selling England by the Pound (1973), later going on to work for the band's singer Peter Gabriel:

And his friend, Liquid Len by name,
Of wine, women and Wandsworth fame

He retired from the business in April 2018, his last official show being for Diana Ross and the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in June 2018.[2] In 2018, he received the Parnelli Visionary Award.[3]

List of acts he has worked for:

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  1. ^ "A Chat with Jonathan Smeeton". Projection Lights and Staging News. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ "THE NEWS, CURRENT AFFAIRS. Winter 2018-19 - Jonathan Smeeton". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "2018 Parnelli Winners « Parnelli Awards". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ "MY RESUME - Jonathan Smeeton". Retrieved 23 May 2019.

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