By Mick Houghton,John Densmore
—IGGY POP, John Peel Lecture, 2014
BECOMING ELEKTRA tells the wonderful actual tale of the pioneering Elektra files label and its far-sighted founder, Jac Holzman, who equipped a small folks imprint right into a domestic for essentially the most groundbreaking, vital, and enduring song of the rock era.
Placing the Elektra label in a broader context, the ebook offers a gripping narrative of musical and cultural historical past that reads like a list of all that's interesting and cutting edge concerning the 60s and 70s: The doorways, Love’s endlessly adjustments, Tim Buckley’s see you later & hi, The Stooges, the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams, Queen and Queen II, The exceptional String Band, Carly Simon’s No secrets and techniques, and plenty of, many more.
This totally revised and accelerated variation features a fresh foreword via John Densmore of The doorways and attracts on wide new interviews with a variety of Elektra alumni, together with Lenny Kaye, Joe Boyd, Tom Paley, Johnny Echols, Jean Ritchie, and Bernie Krause, in addition to additional conversations with Holzman himself. It additionally provides new chapters: a glance at Elektra in Britain within the 60s and a reappraisal of the label’s 70s output.
MICK HOUGHTON is a tune publicist and journalist who acquired his first Elektra LP in 1966. considering the fact that 1978, he has sorted the Ramones, conversing Heads, Undertones, Echo & The Bunnymen, Julian Cope, Sonic formative years, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The KLF, Spiritualized, XTC, Bert Jansch, and Richard Thompson, between many others. he's the writer of the acclaimed I’ve continually stored A Unicorn: The Biography Of Sandy Denny (2015), and his writing has seemed in allow It Rock, Circus, ZigZag, Sounds, day out, Mojo, and Uncut. He was once one of many compilers and manufacturers of – in addition to writing the accompanying ebook for – the Grammy-nominated without end altering: The Golden Age of Elektra 1963–1973 boxed set.
JOHN DENSMORE is a musician and songwriter top referred to as the drummer within the doorways. he's the writer of the bestselling autobiography Riders at the typhoon (1990) and The doorways: Unhinged (2013).
PRAISE FOR the 1st variation of changing into ELEKTRA:
“The excellent advisor to a listing brimming in madcap genius and the occasional well-adjusted good fortune story.” Mojo
“This meticulously researched background faucets into founder Jac Holzman’s folks roots to inform the tales from the bohemian spring that preceded the summer time of affection … a vital artefact.” Q
“That infrequent type of ebook which succeeds on each entrance … completely encapsulates the enigmatic, unpredictable spirit of a label which has instigated musical sea-changes and tantalised creditors for decades.” checklist Collector
“This memorably thorough account indicates Holzman’s characteristics in spades … ardour with pragmatism and the braveness to include new forms.” The Wire
“A cracking new biography of the pioneering Elektra label and its firestarter, Jac Holzman.” The Word
“A staggering narrative that is going means past the geographical regions of geeky musos.” The Sun
“A righteous quantity … while your material is as culturally wealthy as Elektra’s again catalogue, good, readers can in simple terms utter the occasional ‘sheesh, I’ll simply learn for one more 5 minutes’ sooner than observing the complete day slip seamlessly away.” Julian Cope
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Becoming Elektra: The True Story Of Jac Holzman’s Visionary Record Label (Revised And Expanded Edition) by Mick Houghton,John Densmore