The definitive biography of Ahmet Ertegunfounder of Atlantic Records, the man behind stars from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stonesmesmerizing, entertaining, informative Brilliant, cultured, brash, and irreverent, Ahmet Ertegun was a legend in the music world Blessed with great taste and sharp business acumen, he founded Atlantic Records and brought rock n roll into the mainstream He quickly became as renowned for his incredible sense of style and nonstop A list social life as for his pioneering work in the studio Ertegun discovered, signed, or recorded many of the greatest musical artists of all time, among them Ruth Brown Ray Charles Bobby Darin Sonny and Cher Eric Clapton Buffalo Springfield Crosby, Stills, Nash Young Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones Ertegun lived grandly but was never happier than when he found himself in some down and out joint listening to music late at night As colorful and compelling as its subject, The Last Sultan is the fascinating story of a man who always lived by his own rules....
|Title||:||The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun|
|Publisher||:||Simon Reprint edition November 6, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
|File Size||:||561 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun Reviews
A great read about one of my favorite Record Label Executives
I've always been drawn to businessmen that have come from rather humble beginnings to being the best of the best. How did they get there? What was the tipping point in their careers? The Last Sultan, his real name Ahmet Ertegun, grew up the son of a high-ranking Turkish diplomat, would end up changing the record business forever through his record label Atlantic Records.
This post-humous tale reads like it was cribbed from other publications & well known industry stories. Having heard the stories myself, I was looking foward to finding out exactly why and how Ahmet was so legendarily cool. Alas, I still don't get it. Yes, he hung with royalty, made a ton of money on his artists & was a notorious playboy . . . so?
It is impossible to put THE LAST SULTAN down. Robert Greenfield wrote this book with such an intimacy that you feel like you're there, and you don't want to leave the room at any particular moment because you know you'll miss something good. Ahmet Ertegun is a real, well rounded person here. Greenfield is neither gushing nor damning of his subject. The people, the events fly off the pages and leave you breathless.
Everything about Ertegun and well written. A great read.
If you like music history this is a must read. Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler had huge impacts on so many different styles of music. Blues, Jazz, R&B, and of course, Rock and Roll
In THE LAST SULTAN, the legendary Ahmet Ertegun is precisely drawn as both diplomatic and devious, courtly and crude, at home in drawing rooms as well as roadhouses, and possessed of the particular brand of savvy that helped create Rock 'n' Roll and a preponderance of its stars.
Any aged music freak who has a penchant for '60s Top 40, trad. jazz and classic rock will enjoy this book. I had previously seen Tom Dowd & the Language of Music, as well as The House That Ahmet Built, so had a pretty good idea what I was getting into when I ordered this volume. It turned out to be much more, however, and is destined to become a "must read" for anyone researching the music industry of the past 50 years.