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am 12. August 2011
viele Biografien und Literatur im Bereich Popmusik habe ich bereits gelesen. Dieses Buch ist mein Favorit. Nach Lesen dieses Buches wird man den Eindruck nicht los. dass all das, was Jac Holzman beschreibt, in einer anderen Zeit stattgefunden hat. Offenbar war dies auch eine andere Zeit - insofern, dass sich der Inhaber einer Plattenfirma um die Optimierung der Aufnahmetechnik, um das Marketing der Tonträger und um die Betreuung der z. T extrovertierten Künstler selbst bemüht. Unglaublich, was während der Karriere von Holzman da alles zusammenkam. Und welche Künstler für Elektra aufnahmen - wie z. B. Judy Henske, Judy Collins, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Love, The Doors, Iggy Pop, Incredible String Band, Delaney and Bonnie und viele mehr bis hin zu Queen. Ein Buch ohne jede Verherrlichung, ohne jeden Starkult. Einfach ehrlich, ohne Hype und auch daher wohl aus einer anderen Zeit. Ein Muss für den Fan der Musik mit Schwerpunkt 1960er, Anfang 1970er Jahre - Englischkenntnisse vorausgesetzt.
Nicht zu vergessen die beiliegende CD, die einen hervorragenden Querschnitt der Künstler liefert, die bei Elektra unter Vertrag standen! Von Folk über R & B bis hin zu Psychedelic und Rock. In einem Wort: Kaufen!
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am 2. August 1998
After the sobering experiences of reading books like Hit Men and The Mansion on the Hill, in which the music business is depicted as the cut-throat, deal-making cesspool of unsavory types it often can be, Jac Holzman comes across as a rare gem in Follow The Music, tracing the history of Elektra Records from its inception in 1950 until 1973. This is no ordinary autobiographical account; here Holzman's voice is just one of hundreds, a colorful cast of friends, family, lovers, colleagues, musicians and observers of the music scenes in New York and Los Angeles during the 1950s, '60s and early '70s. Collaborator Gavan Daws has amassed material from past interviews and conducted many new ones himself, putting the voices together as though all the characters are on the one stage, simultaneously recounting the high times and low from their different perspectives and presenting the fullest picture of a period of music history I have ever read.
But it is more than that - it i! s a very personal journey that Holzman takes the reader on. I laughed and laughed, I cried at the end, it was a wonderful sharing experience Holzman and his fellow cast members gave me. I consider myself a serious student of the West Coast rock scene in the '60s and '70s, but there were some fantastic episodes I had never even known about, such as the Paxton Lodge musical commune in North California where Jackson Browne spent an intense six months of his early career. The images of the Doors recording sessions and performances were vividly described, and the numerous personalities that filtered in and out of the scene were brilliantly brought to life. Holzman's relationships with family, loved ones and colleagues were beautifully conveyed, and at times his honesty was astounding, particularly in describing the agonizing Encounter Groups sessions he participated in.
Follow The Music is a great education in the history of a record company that I had always taken for gran! ted; it was possibly the greatest independent, finally merg! ed with Warner and Atlantic in the early 1970s. From Judy Collins to Queen, with just about every other Elektra artist given a mention, Holzman's love of the music and dedication to the pursuit of quality in recording is never in doubt. The book ends in 1973 when he left Elektra and walked off into the sunset in Lahaina; but Holzman is still around and I for one am eagerly awaiting Follow The Music II, to find out what he did for the next 25 years.
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am 22. Mai 2000
A desire to find out more about Paul Siebel was my primary motivation in picking this up. Holzman recounts in great detail his first foray into recording and the early releases on Elektra. By the time we get to Siebel, however, the inevitable metamorphosis from MUSIC business to music BUSINESS is so advanced that individual artists and albums don't get the space that they had in the early part of the book. Although this was initially disappointing for me, Holzman's story, ideas and experiences make for a fascinating and very human tale that resonates beyond the Elektra saga. I have also read "Mansion On The Hill" (and recommend it, by the way) but I had no empathy with David Geffen or any of the corporate characters there. Holzman is the real, rare thing. It really did make me jealous of the lucky few who were in the right place at the right time and went on the journey with this inspired and ispiring guy. It's a buy!
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am 20. Juli 1998
Jac Holzman was Elektra Records from it's beginning stages until the mid-70's. what I love about this book, is the format and style, what I call a <talking biography> or autobiography in this case, similar in format to the Bill Graham and David Crosby autobiographies.....in which the author says something, then others that were also there get to have their say as well. It gives you a much more rounded picture of what was happening. Jac, like Bill and David, was not afraid to leave it in when others say something bad about him.... it's a honest and true piece of work. For music fans it's a treat to read about people like Fred Neil and Judy Henske - information you will not find anywhere else about these semi-obscure folk legends. Most of all, it's a reflection of an era that no longer remains except in our memories. Or if like myself, you were not there the first time around, you will be there while reading this book.
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am 12. Dezember 1999
With "Follow the Music", Jac Holzman and Gavan Daws provide an inside look at the music industry that most of us have never been privy to before. Not only did they do that, but they also allow us to see what it takes to build a business from the ground up. The book is filled with obvious careful attention to detail. The roots of folk music and the stories behind all the troubadours that made up the music scene in Greenwich Village and L.A. in the fifties, sixties, and seventies are captivating and right on the money. Substantive comments and interviews with music legends and record label entrepeneurs abound. Anecdotes, hard-luck stories, and successful musical ventures are sometimes inspirational and oft-times motivational. The authors show us what real determination and absolute dedication and hard work are all about. Jac Holzman gives new meaning to the independent man, the independent thinker, the independent innovator. This world hasn't seen many men like him. He was hi-tech when the only chip anyone ever heard of came from a potato and was packaged in a bag with a wise old owl on the label. Indeed, a wise young man was he, and if you've ever had the pleasure of conversing with Jac you will find that Jac also adds new meaning to the saying "you're only as old as you feel". As he approches what most men consider to be retirement age, Jac makes most young turks look like mousekateers. While reading the book, you get to see how he sometimes appears to be light years ahead of all the rest. It appears to be his nature, his mental make-up, his lust for new ideas, and his love for family and friends that keep him younger than those who dictate today's trends and visions. You can easily see, by reading "Follow the Music", how Jac proved that honesty, integrity and sheer class are the true characteristics that go into the making of the prototypical "real man". He and Gavan Daws show all who read this literary work of art that values do count and they do matter and they are rewarded in the long-run. The key words here are "long-run". Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Elektra. It took time, foresight, intuition, confident decision-making, and guts. Jac Holzman had a vision and he followed his well intentioned instincts to achieve what no other music industry executive has accomplished. And after all his hard work, Jac's reputation as a gentleman and a man of his word is even stronger today than it ever was. This is a must-read book. In the second half of this fast-fading millenium there are very few people that a person can admire. Jac Holzman has joined a very short list of twentieth century American heros, and I'm glad that his family pressured him into letting the story of Elektra Records be told. If you think about it, "Follow The Music" was almost fifty years in the making. I wish I had been a part of it. Jac Holzman...I tip my hat to you and I thank you for all the positive contributions that you've made to the world of music. I am extremely happy that back in 1950 the founder of Elektra Records made the decision to just follow the music.
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am 8. August 1998
I heard Jac Holzman on the radio, ordered his book and read 'Follow the Music' over one weekend. This is one of the best books ever written about how the music business actually became a business. It is also one of the most distinctive collective memoirs of the 50's, 60's and early 70's- the time when our music spoke to us and for us. If you lived through it, this book will bring everything to life again in crisp, technicolor images. If you didn't, believe me, this is how it was.
Jac started Elektra records when he was a teenager in New York in 1950. So, first of all, this is his story. He tells it candidly, with humor, passion and a cool objectivity about himself. Then there are the stories told by almost everyone who ever worked for, or recorded for, Elektra. Jac and co-author Gavan Daws have created an astonishingly rich tapestry of life experiences from their contributors- Judy Collins, Paul Rothchild, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, among many others- as well as an ! honest look at how a tiny store-front record operation became a giant. It wasn't easy and there were many trade-offs along the way. Twenty-three years after he founded it, Jac finally gave up Elektra.
This book beautifully conveys the excitement and love that Jac always had for the music, and how great that music was/is. There was nothing for it- I had to put on all the albums he talks about- Tim Buckley, The Doors, Harry Chapin etc. as I was reading and have my own Jac Holzman/Elektra experience!
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am 2. August 1998
"FOLLOW THE MUSIC' is an essential addition to the bookshelves of public and campus libraries, and of everyone in, and around, today's "music industry". This is the musical history tour of Elektra Records, home to The Doors, Judy Collins, Bread, Queen, Tim Buckley, Carly Simon, LOVE, Theodore Bikel, The Incredible String Band, Harry Chapin, Paul Butterfield and dozens of other folk, folk/blues, blues/rock and hard rock acts. Co-author Jac Holzman was the founder and guiding light of this exquisite and unique record label, and he, along with many of his friends, family and associates tell the inside story of the creation and eventual success of Elektra, its classical sibling Nonesuch, along with insights into the artists and folk/pop/music/drug culture of the Fifties, Sixties and early Seventies. This is an extremely well-researched, at times humorous, sad, enlightening, technical and truthful treasure chest of an autobiography. Holzman presents himself a! s an extremely bright, lucid, tasteful and technically talented 'individual', qualities that have made him loved and respected by legions of label honchos, singer/songwriter legends and record album archivists/historians. One of the most entertaining, intelligent and insightful popular music history books of the year, if not the decade.
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am 7. Februar 1999
This book really knocked me out. It's a great look inside the sixties and seventies music business. What makes it particularly appealing is that the author was not just there but one of the major figures who made it happen. Jac Holzman and Gavan Daws have chosen to write the book from multiple points of view, quoting extensively from many of the best artists and producers of the time (even when their point of view is uncomplimentary or very different from the authors'). FOLLOW THE MUSIC lets you in on the party from many fascinating points of view. Reading this book brought me back to a time when this end of the century was being invented. I really loved it.
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am 5. August 1998
"Follow the Music" by Jac Holzman and Gavan Daws
An in depth and fabulous look at the music business through the eyes of the musicians and the people involved with it, the man who made much of it possible and how he did it...the creator of Elektra Records, Jac Holzman. Just who he is and what his contribution to the music world has been (and continues to be) will surprise you.
A must read for anyone who loves music and who cares about how the music business has evolved to what it is today. Some real inside stories first hand from the people who lived them and a wonderful peep at the sixties.
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am 4. September 1998
The tale of Elektra records, while a personal chronicle of the anxiety and triumph it's founder faced, is a fascinating review of just how a lot of the music of the 60's, 70's, and 80's came into being. The reader, if raised in the 70's and 80's, remembers the music, and will learn a lot of what went into it's creation. It is also an intersting review, first hand, of just how tough it is to start a business, keep it running, and take it to newer and greater levels (as Elektra achieved). It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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