...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.