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Joe Holzman's Electra Story

 
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Joe Holzman's Electra Story Reply with quote

Did anyone else hear part one in this three part documentary last night? I found it totally fascinating focusing on an era & genre of music. Amongst those featured were Theodore Bikel, Judy Collins and Jean Ritchie & Carly Simon. Also interesting how these artistes influenced each other. I look forward to the rest of the series & will probably listen to this one again!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I only listened in 'cos 2 of my favourite bands were on Elektra (10,000 Maniacs and They Might Be Giants) but that was way after Jack Holzman's time. It was interesting stuff, and must have been quite an exciting place to hang around (until Bob Dylan turned up).

I'm sure this series has been on before though?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had a look in Radio times & it said the prog originally aired in 6 parts in 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's how I heard it(and I think it has aired at least twice already)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard it for the first time last night - you're right, it was fantastic.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:30 pm    Post subject: Jac Holzman's Elektra story Reply with quote

I tried to listen to episode one on I-player and it juddered like Norman Collier's club chairman!

Mojo had an Elektra sampler disc on the front cover this month (Jim Morrison on front) which covered similar ground.

Stuart Maconie recently interviewed the author on a new book on the label's history on the Freakzone.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:41 am    Post subject: Jac Holzman's Elektra story Reply with quote

Didn't Jean Ritchie sound like Shirley Collins when she sang?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:44 am    Post subject: Jac Holzman's Elektra story Reply with quote

Was the Russian song by Theodore Bikel the basis for Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen's Midnight In Moscow?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I very often bought an Elektra record without listening first as it was usually a sign of high quality or at the least different or interesting...my sisters then boyfriend was a rep for Polydor and he gave me loads of records including a lot of back catalogue from the fifties and early sixties

There is a book by Jac Holzman titled Follow the Music which gives a fascinating insight to the music and the times

Jim
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next Friday on BBC 4

The Man Who Recorded America: Jac Holzman's Elektra Records

Friday 22 October
11:40pm - 12:30am

Documentary examining the history of record label Elektra Records and its founder Jac Holzman. Initially the company built its name on folk revival artists such as Judy Collins and Tom Paxton but became known for signing cutting-edge musicians, including the Doors, Love, Tim Buckley and the Stooges. Featuring contributions by Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop and Judy Collins as well as BBC archive footage.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Jac Holzman's Elektra story Reply with quote

I'll definitely record the Elektra documentary on BBC-4.

What bugs me though, is that on the trailers Queen were mentioned as an Elektra signing in the early 70's. This was in America - Queen were on EMI here.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject: Jac Holzman's Elektra story Reply with quote

Judy Collins's 'My Father' was a late arrival for me as I first heard the song on This Mortal Coil's Filigree & Shadow album. Her version makes me imagine the little Collins siblings waltzing around the floor, with the piano.

Her father being a broadcaster must have influenced her to get these songs written by other people known more - The Incredible String Band's First Girl I Loved and Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where The Time Goes.

I didn't realise JC recorded 'Hello Hooray' before Alice Cooper - I'd always assumed it was a co-composition by Cooper and Bob Ezrin before the credits on the album revealed it was Ralfe Kent's song.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Next Friday on BBC 4

The Man Who Recorded America: Jac Holzman's Elektra Records


This was a very pleasant stroll through Elektra's back catalogue in the company of Jac Holzman... Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, a very interesting show Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the BBC4 show was OK but I'm glad I'd heard the Radio 2 series to give me more background to the people and story.
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