Elliot Roberts (born Elliot Rabinowitz, February 22, 1943) is an
American music manager and record executive, best known for helping to
jump-start the careers of singer-songwriters from the late 1960s and
1970, including those of
Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
After graduating from high school and dropping out of two colleges,
Roberts attempted a career in acting before going to work for the
William Morris Agency
William Morris Agency where he met David Geffen, an agent at the
firm. Roberts later formed Lookout Management with David Geffen,
and helped to create Geffen's
Asylum Records in 1970, which merged
Elektra Records in 1972 to form Elektra/Asylum Records. He is
well known for his associations with Mitchell, Young, Buffalo
Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, the Eagles,
Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Devo, Tracy Chapman, Spiritualized, Mazzy
Star, Devendra Banhart, The Alarm, and other musicians.
^ a b Tom King, The Operator:
David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the
New Hollywood, p. 54, Broadway Books (New York 2001).
^ a b
The Guardian article: "Lady of the Canyon."
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