The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

by Robert Greenfield

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Overview

The Last Sultan is the definitive biography of a man who changed popular culture throughout the world. As the founder and head of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun signed and/or recorded many of the greatest musical artists of all time, among them Ruth Brown; Big Joe Turner; Ray Charles; Bobby Darin; Sonny and Cher; Eric Clapton; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Led Zeppelin; the Rolling Stones; Bette Midler; and Kid Rock. Working alongside his older brother, Nesuhi, one of the preeminent jazz producers of all time, and the legendary Jerry Wexler, who produced great soul artists like Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, and Aretha Franklin, Ertegun transformed Atlantic Records from a small independent record label into a hugely profitable multinational corporation. In successive generations, he also served as a mentor to record-business tyros like Phil Spector, David Geffen, and Lyor Cohen.

Brilliant, cultured, and irreverent, Ertegun was as renowned for his incredible sense of personal style and nonstop A-list social life as his work in the studio. Born into great privilege as the son of a high-ranking Turkish diplomat during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, Ertegun spent his life bringing the black-roots music he loved to the world.

A larger-than-life figure, always hip, Ertegun lived in the grand manner but was never happier than when he found himself in some down-and-out joint listening to music late at night. Blessed with impeccable taste and brilliant business acumen, he brought rock ’n’ roll into the mainstream while creating the music that became the sound track for the lives of multiple generations.

With supporting characters like Steve Ross, Henry Kissinger, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jann Wenner, and a host of others, The Last Sultan is the fascinating story of a man who always lived by his own rules.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439198629
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 957,483
File size: 21 MB
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About 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 ten 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.

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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"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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