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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...colourful chronicle...Houghton weaves fresh interviews into an upbeat narrative of frontline tales which trump critical analysis...Excellent on charting Elektra's development...Above all, Becoming Elektra abounds in anecdotes about some of the most gifted, troubled musicians in folk, rock and "that bastard thing" folk-rock...this page turner is the ideal guide to a catalogue brimming in madcap genius and the occasionally well-adjusted success story.
--MOJO, July 2010

About the Author

Mick Houghton is a music publicist and journalist. Since 1979 he has looked after the Ramones, Talking Heads, Undertones, Echo & The Bunnymen, Julian Cope, Sonic Youth, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The KLF, Spiritualized, XTC, Bert Jansch and Richard Thompson, among many others. His writing has appeared in Let it Rock, Circus, Zigzag, Sounds, Time Out, Mojo and Uncut, and he wrote the book that formed part of the Grammy nominated Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra 1963-1973 CD box set. He first bought an Elektra LP in 1966.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carey on 28 Oct. 2010
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As someone who has a large collection of Elektra albums, I looked forward to this book with great anticipation, and I was not disappointed. Beautifully presented, well written, and with a graphic content out of this world. Wonderful!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruud Straatman on 8 Dec. 2010
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Jack Holzman WAS Elektra Records and this is a brilliant addition to his own book "Follow The Music"
Elektra was about the best you could buy way back in the 60's (I was lucky doing records reviews and getting them all for FREE) music as well as packaging. The wonderful covers under supervision of designer William Harvey who was in my eyes almost as important as Jack Holzman.
Where would we have been without The Incredible String Band, Love, Clear Light, Ars Nova. Earth Opera and Eclection to name a few known and not so known bands on the label.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 30 Nov. 2010
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Possibly the finest book on Urban Folk Music and its beginnings which stretch back to Woody Guthrie,the Weavers,Pete Seeger.It tells how it all began to work in the late 50s after the Kingston Trio had charted with Tom Dooley-a song which is traced back to an earlier Elektra LP by one Frank Warner.With no stone left unturned its a very easy read.
Elektra Records was formed in 1950 and its very first album sold absolutely nothing-hardly surprising when it was of obscure classical art songs.Next up set the seal for what was to follow into the early 60s as first Jean Ritchie,Susan Reed and Judy Collins followed.
Once the Urban Folk Revival had run out of steam the label signed a group called the Beefeaters who would become the Byrds.Which is where folk became folk rock.
Also signed were the Even Dozen Jug Band featuring Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian-the latter soon to found the Lovin' Spoonful.
Elektra had their first sizeable hit with the Doors after Jac Holzman had left folk behind for Rock.
The label had no U K hits until the 70s when Judy Collins hit with Both side now with 2 more hits following later-Amazing Grace and Send in the clowns.The Doors never crackewd the U K top 10 till the 90s when the U S No 1 Light my fire was reissued and Elektra had become part of the WEA corporate about 16 years earlier.
The British arm of the company signed the Incredible String Band who were bigger in the States than here.
One interesting quote from Jacc Holzman was that there was a vast difference between folk singers and folk songs-which I must admit I never thought of but it explains that the groups of the Urban Folk Revival were singers of folk songs without being folk singers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Swift on 2 Feb. 2011
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Very good book charting the history of Elektra records. Bit odd though amongst all the iconic bands like The Doors, Love & individuals like Judy Collins & Tim Buckley to see The New Seekers. very good book.
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