Elektra producer from the early Sixties on, with a gentle touch and an appetite for encounter. In the late Nineties, running a crisis center near Woodstock.
A Marin County therapist.
The incarnation of Elektra in Sixties LA. Beloved of artists. Later senior VP for A&R at A&M Records.
A Tarrier, later a movie star.
Classically trained musicians going medieval on the ars of rock.
An obsessive, invaluable chronicler of world folk music on his Folkways label.
The "Scroogiest" and most honest independent record distributor in the Midwest.
Former chairman of Warner Bros. Inc.
A lady of the canyon.
A Sixties LA watcher and writer. Sister of Mirandi.
Sister of Eve. Measured the inside leg of Jim Morrison for his custom-made leather pants.
Early genius audio engineer. Son of the composer.
A Moog man who departed this earth on a UFO ... Strange days.
Actor, folk singer, conscience. Recorded sixteen LPs for Elektra.
Guitarist. For sheer skill and passion, a white Hendrix. Died of drug overdose in 1981.
Boy wonder recording engineer for Love, Tim Buckley, the Doors, and co-producer of "LA Woman." In the Nineties, a producer of movie soundtracks and Disney cast albums.
As in Delaney & Bonnie. A great white blues singer.
Husband of Bonnie. Put his name ahead of hers and blacked her eye.
Folk interpreter with an encyclopedic repertoire. Recorded nonstop for Elektra in the Sixties.
A fan of bizarre sound effects.
Music business attorney and wit.
A sweet-harmony soft-rock group.
A lyricist for the Doors.
Signed to Elektra's publishing unit as a teenage songwriter.
Once called a "sick" comedian; died of dope and genius.
Before Lenny Bruce there was Lord Buckley.
A doomed angel with a four-octave voice and a bad habit. OD'd at twenty-seven.
An Animal, with war stories of Jim Morrison's night tripping.
White electric blues man. Knew the South Side of Chicago, made a noise at Newport. Died in 1987 after years of poor health.
EDWARD TATNALL CANBY
An early enlightened stereophile and music critic.
The last artist Jac personally produced and sent on his way—'Taxi'! Killed in an auto accident 1980.
Burned his throat so his voice would sound like Jim Morrison's.
A fan of Delaney & Bonnie.
Another fan of Delaney & Bonnie; a Mad Dog and Englishman.
Executive VP for Warner Communications, Steve Ross's right hand until he allegedly tried to bite it.
Castro "freedom fighter," sky diver, LA coffee house pioneer, partner of Theo Bikel, manager of Judy Henske and Tim Buckley.
A poet in his youth.
Began as a folk maid of constant sorrow, became an artist of taste and constantly refreshing inventiveness.
Head of creative services for Warner Bros. Records.
Emotional partner in crime of Jim Morrison, till death did them part.
CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH
Sat on Paul Rothchild's couch in Laurel Canyon and sang.
Singer with the Even Dozen Jug Band; later Maria Muldaur.
Camera store clerk in his youth; later a cinematographer with five Academy Award nominations.
Highly talented record company president who threw a demo tape of Carly Simon across the room. In the Nineties, well thought-of chairman of Arista Records.
The Spade of Queens. Famous doorperson at Max's Kansas City.
The Doors' drummer. Suffered for his sanity.
Haitian voodoo adept, avant-garde film maker.
Waitress at the Unicorn on the Sunset Strip. A bare-breasted portrait is in the Herb Cohen collection.
Producer, scene-maker in Sixties LA.
Journalist, Doors observer, later wrote for Playboy.
ROGER DI FIORE
Cook, master joint roller, W.C. Fields admirer.
The real bluegrass thing.
Photographer to the stars of rock.
CONNIE DI NARDO
One of the Three Graces of Paxton Lodge.
Teenage guitar wizard.
The Elektra band—high musical intelligence and five gold albums in a row, on the way to platinum.
The road not taken: signed to Columbia while Jac was out of town.
Daughter of Jac and Nina.
A Laurel Canyon Mama.
Helped design Elektra's LA studio.
Founder, with brother Nesuhi, of Atlantic Records. One of the greats.
With brother Ahmet, founder of Atlantic Records. An internationalist in musical and cultural reach.
THE EVEN DOZEN JUG BAND
Count 'em. What you hear is what you get.
Of Elektra West. Later the master baker of Santa Fe.
The Persian minstrel of Barham Boulevard. Nearly a Sufi.
Elektra publicist, designated company freak. The hippest guy in New York. Close personal friend of Max's Kansas City.
On the scene then... and now.
A carpenter in his youth.
A poet in his youth.
AKA Frazier Mohawk. Laurel Canyon prankster, circus clown, fire eater, wearer of gorilla suits, escape artist. In the late Nineties, producing records in Canada.
Folk and rock photographer with a discerning eye.
Publicist for the Doors, friend and long-suffering neighbor of Jim Morrison.
A civilized recording artist. Leader of Bread.
Sunset Strip club owner, auditioned the Doors.
Once and future enfant terrible, baby mogul, billionaire rising.
Washington Square folkie, traveling twelve-string guitarist, talent scout extraordinaire. Died in 1996.
TONY "LITTLE SUN" GLOVER
Of Koerner, Ray & Glover. A young white blues musician out of Minneapolis.
Tall, beautiful, intelligent, multilingual Village folk singer.
Jac's soul-of-discretion secretary for three decades.
Big record store man in New York City.
Rock drummer on a Judy Collins album, later beat his mother to death with a hammer.
Manager of singer-songwriters, Sixties activist.
Mr. Fillmore, West and East. Killed in helicopter accident 1991.
Jac's driver. Played great pool, spoke softly, and carried a big switchblade.
A stuffer of quail eggs.
Southern reincarnation of Mary Magdalene.
Husband of Jeanie. An Alabama State Trouper.
An English comedienne with a spy camera.
The Jabba the Hutt of artist managers, sometimes referred to as "the floating Buddha." Represented Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin. Died 1986.
Nonpareil folk chronicler of America: this land was his land.
Elektra studio engineer of great virtuosity and Virgosity.
A miniskirt-mesmerized freshman, later an Elektra publicist.
Music business lawyer at CBS who walked across the street to Elektra.
Elektra's good shepherd for Jim Morrison, Tim Buckley, and Carly Simon.
A fan of Delaney & Bonnie.
Elektra art director. Created and elaborated the label's visual identity. Died in early Nineties.
A Weaver of wisdom, arranger for Theodore Bikel.
Ran Elektra's West Coast office. Jazz aficionado, auto mechanic, chocolate lover, dog trainer, disciplinarian of Jim Morrison. Married a jazz bassist, lives in Switzerland.
A jammer in a cabana, and a Plaster Castee.
Stood tall, sang strong, opened for Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen in a Louise Brooks wig.
THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS
On drums, Sam Shepard. Rockin' around on that belladonna cloud—Euphoria!
Son of Jac and Nina. Grew up to play keyboard with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, Grover Washington Jr.
El Supremo of Elektra 1950-1973, from age nineteen to forty-two. Continued with Warner Communications as Chief Technologist. In 1982, became chairman of Panavision Inc. In 1986, created FirstMedia, which acquired Cinema Products, makers of the Steadicam. Came back to music in 1991, establishing the Discovery family of labels, which in the late Nineties became part of the Sire Records Group, a unit of Time Warner.
Jac's brother and working colleague at Elektra and Nonesuch.
Was Nina Merrick. Married Jac in 1955. Mother of Adam and Jaclyn. At Elektra, invaluable yin to Jac's yang. Later Nina Lamb.
THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND
A trippy British group.
MICHAEL JAMES JACKSON
Stockboy-novelist-observer of the Elektra LA scene.
An escapee from Synanon. Second chair in an encounter group.
Boss Jock of Southern California rock radio.
A fan of the Elektra studio in LA.
Laurel Canyon hipster. One of the earliest record business company freaks. Saw the Doors as worth signing, managed the teenage Jackson Browne. Husband of Judy.
Wife of Billy. Watched the Laurel Canyon creatures come and go. Theater and philosophy major, later a theater and movie producer, partner of Richard Dreyfuss.
Publisher of the Beatles' music.
Toured with the Doors, sharing notes about the nature and quality of life and pharmacology in the Sixties.
A night tripper, a somewhat strung-out session musician for Judy Collins.
Almost but not quite an Elektra artist.
A high school Strip chick in bellbottom hip huggers. Danced in a go-go cage at the Whisky and on top of the deli at Canter's.
Of Kapp Records. Made an offer that Jac could refuse.
KATHY AND CAROL
Joan Baez times two.
Musician, writer, anthologist and thinker.
An actor encountered by Jac. Lover of Judy Collins.
A waitress at the Unicorn.
Teenage beloved of the teenage Jackson Browne. One of the Three Graces of Paxton.
Manager of Harry Chapin.
A Laurel Canyon dog owner.
"SPIDER" JOHN KOERNER
Out of Minneapolis, a young white urban blues man.
KOERNER, RAY & GLOVER
Surprised and delighted Jac's ear—a new direction for Elektra.
Sal Mineo as Gene Krupa. A drummer for Dylan. Purveyor of the Sphincterphone.
With Paul Beaver, a pioneer of synthesizer music.
The Doors' guitarist. The Jackson Pollock of rock. Writer of 'Light My Fire.'
Played with Carly Simon.
A Doors true believer.
An anagrammatic piano player.
Go-go dancer in a go-go cage.
Leader of an encounter group. And a snorter.
Evangelist of the sacrament of LSD.
Early into psychedelic eyewear. Leader of Love. Emblematic of the mid-Sixties west coast scene.
Fan of Koerner, Ray & Glover.
Grand old man of folk artist management, from the Weavers to Judy Collins to Arlo Guthrie.
An Elektra distributor.
An immaculately clad Frenchman whose word was good.
Jac's first chart group: Lou Gottlieb, Alex Hassilev, Glenn Yarbrough.
A Morrison watcher.
Like his father John, a great white folk collector.
THE LOS ANGELES FANTASY ORCHESTRA
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Jac's first West Coast rock and roll band.
THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
One that Jac missed out on. John Sebastian was his friend.
THE LOWER EAST SIDE
David Peel's stoned band—"Have a Marijuana."
A wham of a Memphis man, later a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitar player.
Wannabe Elektra artist, mass murderer.
Doors keyboardist and keeper of the flame.
Threw Manzarek, Morrison, Krieger, and Densmore out of the Whisky onto the Sunset Strip—"This is the end!" MC5. Revolutionary rockers out of Detroit.
A recommender of bespoke boots.
A fan in the radio business.
Village folkie. Recorded for Jac in the Fifties. Big baritone voice and sharp tongue.
Vintage black folk singer.
Fan of 'Amazing Grace.'
The voice of God in Laurel Canyon.
Head of Capitol Records, later Chairman of EMI.
Glam rocker, lead singer of Queen. Died November 1991.
Judy Henske was what Bette wanted to be when she grew up.
Ran Elektra's publishing, produced; was Elektra's man in Nashville.
A beginning song writer and lady of the Canyon.
AKA Barry Friedman. Practitioner of Laurel Canyon voodoo, inducer and producer of psychedelic albums.
Lead singer of the Doors. Rock icon, lethally intelligent stoned explorer of the dark and the deep. Dead poet, July 1971.
Jammed with the Doors at the Whisky.
Crazy for Jim Morrison. Hung out for love, broke in and stole for desperation.
Uniquely talented musician, prototypical flake.
Founder of the Little Sandy Review, folk-friend of Jac.
Ex-Monkee. Produced for Countryside Records.
Hippest of the hip, sharpest of the sharp, hired gun of Bob Dylan, designated minder of Jim Morrison.
Friend of a friend of Carly Simon.
An apparition, a disapparition, a death-talker, a waver of guns, a naked dancer with Jim Morrison. Also a member of the Velvet Underground. Died from heat exhaustion while bicycling in Spain 1988.
The ultimate rock archivist. Brother of Phil.
Protest singer second only to Dylan—but that hurt. Died a suicide 1976.
One of the Three Graces of Paxton Lodge.
A recording industry legend. Chairman of Warner Bros. Records, and in the Nineties Dreamworks Records.
Voltaire's philosopher. Would have made an enthusiastic radio promotion man.
A night visitor.
VAN DYKE PARKS
Backup musician for Judy Collins.
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
White and black electric blues. Blew the house down at Newport.
A singer-songwriter, endlessly productive.
Composer of the music for "Marat/Sade."
Voice of the Lower East Side.
Photographer. Did early album covers for Elektra. Husband of Jean Ritchie.
THE PLASTER CASTERS
Cynthia and Diane. Performance artists ahead of their time.
An urban music critic.
Photographed album covers for Jac and later Playmates for Hugh Hefner.
A boy from Brooklyn. From stock boy to president of Elektra, later head of international division of Geffen Records.
THE PSYCHEDELIC STOOGES
Brought Jac to listen to Harry Chapin.
The ultimate British glam rock band. Jac's last major signing.
Ran the London office of Warner/Elektra/Atlantic—WEA—which was like juggling chainsaws.
DAVE "SNAKER" RAY
Of Koerner, Ray & Glover.
A red-haired folk singer.
Elektra accountant, king of the adversary audit.
A supergroup that staggered under the weight of talent and expectations.
Mr. Jug Band. His washtub bass is in the Smithsonian. Famous Cambridge folk scene viper. Studio engineer at Elektra LA. Brother of Marty.
Brother of Fritz. Saw it all, from Paxton Lodge to Tranquility Base to Lahaina, Maui.
Jac's first Elektra partner.
Kazoo and piano player with the Even Dozen Jug Band, arranger for Judy Collins, wunderkind musicologist for Nonesuch Records, revitalizer of Scott Joplin rags.
Mustachioed playboy. Jac's Elektra partner, bought out in 1958. Husband of Alexandra, who later wrote "Scarlett," the sequel to "Gone with the Wind."
Classic early folk singer from Viper, Kentucky. Wife of George Pickow.
Elektra business affairs supervisor. One of the first female record company executives.
Heard and appreciated by Jac during an audition taping in London, but not available for signing.
Record executive who ate more cake than he ever thought he would have to.
A Nashville music publisher.
The charming conglomerateur of Warner Communications and then Time Warner. Died 1992.
Manager of Carly Simon.
Son of Paul and Terry, grew up to be a musician-producer.
Jac's high-powered producer all through the big years of the Sixties. With the Doors, had five gold albums in a row and platinum rising. Died of cancer in the spring of 1995. Jac was with him to the end.
Wife of Paul, mother of Dan.
A member of Bread.
A singer-songwriter-guitarist with commanding presence.
More than corporate counsel, a wise personal counselor to Jac.
Heavy-duty keyboard player.
Fast-fingered flamenco guitarist.
At St. John's College, had a record player and a collection of folk 78s that turned Jac on.
Rock journalist, immortalizer in print of the Plaster Casters, Jac's lover, mother of Marin.
MARIN PAUL TAJ RAIN SANDER-HOLZMAN
Son of Ellen and Jac, born in Bolinas. Grew up to be an actor-dancer in San Francisco.
Record executive who told the Doors to get out of his office with their insane songs.
A gentlemanly music business attorney-at-law—and that is not an oxymoron.
Session musician for Elektra, later for Lovin' Spoonful, later again lived in a tie-dye tent.
Traditional folk music's voice of conscience.
Elektra's man in England. Released 'Amazing Grace' as a single.
A West Village bathroom muralist.
A drummer, a Holy Modal Rounder.
Teenage manager of the Doors, grew to maturity and acquired wisdom on the job.
Sixties singer-songwriter. An Elektra favorite who never found a big audience.
A producer with an ear for real folk.
A teenager with a camera, in the right place at the wrong time.
Hairy jazz man; later a famous cartoonist, versifier, and writer of children's books.
Singer-songwriter, Woman of the Seventies, class act.
Almost but not quite an Elektra artist in his youth.
A White Panther.
Would not be wooed away from Jefferson Airplane to solo at Elektra.
Folk anthologist, formative for Bob Dylan.
One of the fastest minds and mouths in the record business. President of Warner Bros. Records and then Capitol Records.
With brother Seymour, founder of Vanguard Records, friendly competitor of Elektra. Later the renowned biographer of Beethoven and Mozart.
With brother Maynard, founder of Vanguard Records.
Pit bull lawyer, and that's not an oxymoron.
Wild man of Muir Woods, Pied Piper of the hot tub, design genius.
An album cover illustrator for Nonesuch Records in his youth.
Guitar wizard of the Bahamas.
Played celebratory trumpet in the office when Elektra had a hit.
Jac's much loved maternal grandmother.
TERESA "TRACEY" STERNE
Presiding intelligence of Nonesuch Records.
On the bill at the Troubadour with Carly Simon.
A lover of Judy Collins.
Teenage father of premature punk.
Roadie for Dylan, later a movie producer.
Sat at the feet of Carly Simon.
A writer of liner notes for early Elektra, later a famous Chicago broadcaster and author.
Vintage black folk singer.
Van Morrison's band. Jammed with the Doors at the Whisky.
THE TRAVELERS 3
Multicultural folk trio.
Sound man for the Doors' tours. The King of Loud.
JOHN VAN HAMMERSVELD
Observer of the LA scene.
DAVE VAN RONK
Village folkie, white blues man, jug band leader.
Acoustical engineer for the LA Elektra studio.
The old man of the Whisky dance floor.
Second chair to David Anderle at Elektra LA. Found Jim Morrison face down in the bushes.
KIM VON TEMPSKI
A ship's purser bearing an aromatic sealed envelope.
Artist famous for more than fifteen minutes. Gave Jim Morrison a gold Louis XIV phone.
Fed Jac Brunswick stew in his hungry Village days. Wife of Frank.
Husband of Anne. Folk song collector and singer. Recorded 'Tom Dooley.' Owned a famous autographed banjo.
A founding folk group.
Songwriter for the Doors.
Founder of the Newport Folk Festival.
J. MAX WEIS
Jac's grandfather. A rebel rabbi.
The once and future Mr. Rolling Stone.
Owner of the Troubadour in LA.
Mr. R&B. With the Ertegun brothers, made up the Atlantic Records triumvirate.
Black folk singer, virtuoso guitarist, charismatic showman. Died September 1969.
Teenage Elektra fan from the Jersey ‘burbs. Later a writer of fine books about music and musicians, editor of Billboard.
Shared the bill with the Doors more than once.
On the scene down on the Farm.
Founder of Ur-rock magazine Crawdaddy; godfather of Marin Sander-Holzman.
In pursuit of a Number One record.
Guitarist for Judy Henske, later produced Tim Buckley, and later again Tom Waits.
Proprietor of the Folk Center in the Village, intermittent bill payer.
Father of the Mothers of Invention, patron of the Plaster Casters, passionate advocate of free speech in rock lyrics. Died 1993.
An excitable boy in Laurel Canyon.