The second Insider’s View of the 2008 fall semester featured founder of Elektra Records, Jac Holzman. Belmont’s Insider’s View host Harry Chapman shared the stage with Gavan Daws, co-author of Holzman’s book Follow the Music: The Life and High Times of Elektra Records in the Great Years of American Pop Culture, as he helped interview the guest of honor.
Holzman shared the wisdom and knowledge he gained during a career that included starting a record company at the age of 19. He said he never followed trends or fashions; he simply recorded what interested him. Holzman also gave advice on artist development, noting, “Pay attention to your peripheral vision and hearing. Look for something odd and interesting.”
Holzman shared details of the contract he developed at Elektra as well as tips on how to avoid being sued, something he avoided in his 23 years at Elektra. His contracts included the “Love and Affection Clause” stating that the label and artist must show love and respect to one another. Holzman also emphasized the importance of a friendly contract with fair terms. Encouraging attendees to “Follow the music,” Holzman left the audience with a generous gift, offering the Belmont community a free digital copy of his book, which will be posted on Belmont’s Web site.