04 ottobre 2010

Le vicende della celebre etichetta Elektra Records negli anni dal 1950 al 1973, segnati dalla guida illuminata di Jac Holzman: le racconta Mick Houghton, in un corposo volume per Jawbone Press dal titolo Becoming Elektra.

It tells the story of Elektra’s growth from a small independent folk label to a major, multi-faceted, hit making concern. Jac Holzman’s role in founding and running the company is central to the story, and his capacity for lateral thinking – that led to innovations such as the first-ever sampler album, and a million-selling series of sound effects records – is a recurring theme. But the book is not just a story of one man’s business success. It is also about the label’s artists and the great music they produced, and other key people who gave the company its identity.
Becoming Elektra places the label in a broad context. A gripping narrative drawing in elements of musical and cultural history, and biographies of the main participants in the story, the book opens with a pivotal moment in Elektra’s history, when Holzman discovered The Doors. Moving into the 60s the story takes in artists that have had an extraordinary resonance down the years including some, such as Tim Buckley, who are far more popular today than in their lifetime. His story is told, along with those of artists that read like an inventory of 60s and 70s musical innovation: Love, Judy Collins, The Paul Butterfield Band, Tom Paxton, Fred Neil, David Ackles, Phil Ochs, Bread, Mickey Newbury, The Incredible String Band, The Stooges and The MC5.