The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Behind the music at Atlantic Records with Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones

Author: Robert Greenfield

Publication date : 2011

Simon & Schuster

Publishers description:

From one of the greatest chroniclers of the rock music scene comes the definitive biography of the last sultan of the record business: Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and the man behind stars from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stones.

Ahmet Ertegun founded Atlantic Records, the pre-eminent music label of the modern era, and released hit records by jazz and rock icons, such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and the Rolling Stones. The Last Sultan is a singular biography that describes the complexities of Ertegun's life: a man born to wealth and privilege in Turkey who helped create and define American popular music.

With the full cooperation of Mica Ertegun, Ahmet's widow, Robert Greenfield has conducted more than 100 interviews with the most significant figures in Ahmet's life, among them David Geffen, Robert Stigwood, Graham Nash, Bette Midler, Henry Kissinger, Keith Richards, and Kid Rock, as well as a host of others. Greenfield has also been granted unprecedented access to Ahmet's personal papers. The result is a book that covers every aspect of Ertegun's fabled career, from the inner workings of the record business to his A-list social life to tales of wild rock 'n' roll excess with Mick Jagger and Led Zeppelin.

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