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Elektra never far from Holzman's heart

In 1950, Jac Holzman, age 19, founded Elektra Records in his dorm at St. John?s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He sold it in 1970 (making it part of the Warner empire) but remained its president through 1973. He recently chatted with Goldmine about the company he so carefully cultivated and his memories of life during Elektra's glory days.

In 1950, Jac Holzman, age 19, founded Elektra Records in his dorm at St. John?s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He sold it in 1970 (making it part of the Warner empire) but remained its president through 1973.

Well annotated and illustrated, Forever Changing: The Golden Age Of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Elektra/Rhino, five CDs) reflects the label?s evolution from trad folk (guitarist Dick Rosmini) to singer/writers (Tim Buckley) to its first rock success (Love) and then The Doors and Queen. Tracks by Incredible String Band, David Peel, Holy Modal Rounders (with playwright Sam Shepard on drums) and, from the Bahamas, Joseph Spence show a healthy appreciation for eccentricity.