By Mick Houghton,John Densmore
—IGGY POP, John Peel Lecture, 2014
BECOMING ELEKTRA tells the fantastic real tale of the pioneering Elektra files label and its far-sighted founder, Jac Holzman, who equipped a small people imprint right into a domestic for probably the most groundbreaking, very important, and enduring song of the rock era.
Placing the Elektra label in a broader context, the ebook provides a gripping narrative of musical and cultural heritage that reads like a list of all that's fascinating and cutting edge concerning the 60s and 70s: The doorways, Love’s eternally adjustments, Tim Buckley’s see you later & hi, The Stooges, the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams, Queen and Queen II, The great String Band, Carly Simon’s No secrets and techniques, and lots of, many more.
This totally revised and extended variation contains a fresh foreword through 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 obtained his first Elektra LP in 1966. considering that 1978, he has sorted the Ramones, conversing Heads, Undertones, Echo & The Bunnymen, Julian Cope, Sonic adolescence, 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 saved A Unicorn: The Biography Of Sandy Denny (2015), and his writing has seemed in permit It Rock, Circus, ZigZag, Sounds, trip, Mojo, and Uncut. He used to be one of many compilers and manufacturers of – in addition to writing the accompanying e-book 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 luck story.” Mojo
“This meticulously researched heritage faucets into founder Jac Holzman’s folks roots to inform the tales from the bohemian spring that preceded the summer time of affection … a necessary artefact.” Q
“That infrequent type of publication 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.” list Collector
“This memorably thorough account indicates Holzman’s features in spades … ardour with pragmatism and the braveness to embody new forms.” The Wire
“A cracking new biography of the pioneering Elektra label and its firestarter, Jac Holzman.” The Word
“A extraordinary narrative that is going approach past the geographical regions of geeky musos.” The Sun
“A righteous quantity … whilst your subject material is as culturally wealthy as Elektra’s again catalogue, good, readers can purely utter the occasional ‘sheesh, I’ll simply learn for an additional 5 minutes’ prior to gazing the entire day slip seamlessly away.” Julian Cope
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