The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

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The definitive biography of the king of the rock 'n' roll business, Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.

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The definitive biography of the king of the rock 'n' roll business, Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.

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Publishers Weekly
The eternal music-biz question—what exactly do record-label executives do?—is explored in this sprightly bio of the legendary Atlantic Records cofounder. Journalist Greenfield (S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones) finds Mephistophelian traits in the Turkish-American impresario—a preternaturally suave, persuasive schmoozer, Ertegun commits his share of cheats, betrayals and payola—but Greenfield credits him with creative midwifery of the rock ’n’ roll revolution. We see Ertegun scouting R&B pioneers, spotting potential hits amid the dross, singing backup on the pathbreaking “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” matchmaking super-group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and introducing Bianca and Mick. Despite Ertegun’s dapper suits, tireless partying, and groupie-squiring, make him the Dionysian soul of rock; he was still hanging out with Kid Rock even after a hip replacement. Greenfield overhypes his subject—“as great a star as any artist who had ever recorded for his label”—and his accounts of Ertegun’s postmerger boardroom duels with Jerry Wexler, David Geffen, and others in the Warner entertainment conglomerate are, like most corporate turf battles, uninteresting. Still, he gives us a vivid saga of the an industry in its salad days, and of the unholy but fertile union of money and music. Photos. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In 2006, at 83 years old, the businessman with a passion for music who was as comfortable wheeling and dealing in French as he was joking around with Kid Rock died after falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert. Greenfield—who has written exemplary biographies of Bill Graham and Jerry Garcia—draws on extensive interviews with Ahmet Ertegun's widow, the musicians who worked with him, and his many friends and traces Ertegun's emigration from Turkey at age two, growing love of jazz and early acquisition of around 20,000 78s, first partnership with Herb Abramson and the formation of Atlantic Records, often contentious relationship with David Geffen (founder of Asylum Records), and deep friendships with everyone from Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. VERDICT Greenfield's definitive biography gracefully sums up the life of a man who, in record mogul Jerry Wexler's words, "had eyes to make records." A must for every collection, this enchanting book captures the life and work of a seminal figure without whom the business of making records would not have had its lasting impact. [See Prepub Alert, 5/23/11.]—Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Evanston, IL
Library Journal
Why read this biography? Because as founder of Atlantic Records, Ertegun brought us everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones. Because Greenfield is a distinguished journalist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, as well as former associate editor of the London bureau of Rolling Stone, so[??] he can write. And because to write this he interviewed everyone from Bette Midler to Henry Kissinger. With those cultural connections, this work should be interesting even if your taste runs to Mozart.
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"A vivid saga of the an industry in its salad days, and of the unholy but fertile union of money and music." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416558385
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,324,776
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 6.58 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and former associate editor of the London bureau of Rolling Stone, Robert Greenfield is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, among them the classic STP: A Journey Through America With the Rolling Stones, and critically acclaimed biographies of Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, and Bill Graham. He lives in Carmel, California.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Day of Tribute in New York xv

1 Coming to America 1

2 The Nation's Capital 20

3 Making Records 37

4 The House That Ruth Built 58

5 Mess Around 73

6 Shake, Rattle and Roll 88

7 Brothers in Arms 104

8 Splish Splash 120

9 Love and Marriage 137

10 The Oak Room 150

11 I Got You Babe 163

12 Hey, What's That Sound 176

13 Selling Out 188

14 Helplessly Hoping 196

15 Romancing the Stones 223

16 The Boy Wonder 252

17 The Years with Ross 268

18 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 287

19 Clash of the Titans 309

20 Bawitdaba in Bodrum 322

21 "The Encore Was Heaven" 343

Acknowledgments 357

Notes 361

Bibliography 407

Index 419

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