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“Ahmet Ertegun was a man of passion, loyalty, generosity and fun, both sacred and profane, who could target like a laser what was authentic and worthwhile in the many worlds he bestrode so seamlessly and successfully. Greenfield’s fascinating biography, The Last Sultan, gets it right, and I envy readers their opportunity to experience the life and times of this extraordinary man.”
“Robert Greenfield has written a loving, vividly detailed and utterly compelling history of one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. Not only do you get an insider’s account of the building of the record industry and the high times of the rock and roll circus, but of the worldly education of a young man in the diplomatic world of the European capitals and Washington D.C., and American high society in New York’s modern heyday. The Last Sultan is the remarkable odyssey of a truly remarkable man.”
—Jann Wenner, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Rolling Stone
“In many ways, this book is the Bible of rock ‘n’ roll. A sacred tale rooted in the incredible life journey of my friend Ahmet Ertegun who touched not only me but also so many other people in so many ways.”
“I found Robert Greenfield’s book on Bill Graham to be one of the best researched music business biographies ever. Now with The Last Sultan, he's topped himself. Ahmet Ertegun is not an easy subject—he was both indelible and opaque—but Greenfield has dug deeper than anyone ever has, to reveal one of the most complex Americans of the last half century."
—Taylor Hackford, Director/Producer of “Ray”
"An excellent biography of a titan in the music industry."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Mesmerizing, entertaining, informative. . . . There are a great many delicious stories in this page-turning work. . . . A vivid portrait of Ertegun but also a colorful panorama of the indie record-business during and after its rough-and-tumble years, when bootleggers sold as many singles as the real labels, gangsters were always angling to squeeze in on the action, and payola was just part of the cost of doing business."
—Tom Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle
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- File size : 23956 KB
- Publication date : November 8, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 466 pages
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (November 8, 2011)
- ASIN : B004T4KQO8
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #456,082 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When he first moved to the US he used to sneak out and listen to black-roots music in the local clubs when no white record exec would dare do so. He ended up falling in love with this music and would later start a record label to bring it to the masses. Over the next five decades as different genres faded and others took shape, Ahmet was usually the visionary leading the charge. He signed some of the biggest music legends in history including: Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Sonny and Cher, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, and Kid Rock.
The most interesting theme of the book were the comments artists had about Ahmet Ertegun. Even early on in his career before he was a legend, artists had a deep respect for Ahmet's innate ability to hear, modify, and help create #1 records. Because of Ahmet's active social lifestyle, he found it very easy to connect with artists on multiple levels. Both the The Rolling Stones and Kid Rock were amazed that Ahmet could out drink and out socialize even them, not get any sleep, and be alert, well dressed, and well versed for a business meeting hours later. And Ahmet was always the best-dressed person in the room.
Ahmet Ertegun's life was one part music visionary, one part businessman, and two parts the show "Mad Men". And this is exactly why several major tv networks have tried to produce a series around Ahmet's life. The book is also a rock and roll history lesson that takes you from the late 1940's through present day. I enjoyed the book and you will to, although I guarantee your life will seem very boring after you read about "The Last Sultan".
I even got to Work With Tom Dowd the Engineer from Atlantic.
He was a really great man! I was very fortunate to work in the real recording industry in the Late 80's and 90's up until the music business fell apart from the computer age. These old guys did not understand the computer age and they died before it was what it has become today.
If Ahmet was alive today he would have had a better set up then itunes you would have downloaded direct from the labels this computer company selling records is horses***!
How different this book is from Greenfield's excellent biography of Bill Graham, with its exclusive interviews of a hardworking man who gave everything he had to bring counterculture music to the masses. In that bio, you really got to know Graham as a man. In Ahmet's case, I'm afraid we'll never know.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all who love jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll music and are interested in reading about the heyday of the music industry and Atlantic Records in particular.
Top reviews from other countries
Incredible what some guys have experienced.
It's only Rock and Roll but he liked it.