Record label founded by Jac Holzman in 1950 (aged 19 and two years before he graduated from college). Originally it mostly had folk music artists; in the mid-1960s it moved into folk-rock and rock music, eventually having such artists as Judy Collins, The Doors, Bread, Carly Simon, Harry Chapin and Queen. In 1970, Holzman sold the label to Warner Communications Inc., though he continued his association with the label for three more years and has worked in other capacities for Warner since. He's co-written a book called "Follow the Music" about the history of Elektra during his years.

Since then, the label has continued to be successful and now has such artists signed to it as AC/DC, Bjork, Busta Rhymes, Metallica, Pantera, Phish, and many others.