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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The definitive biography of Ahmet Ertegun—founder of Atlantic Records, the man behind stars from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stones—“mesmerizing, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416558408
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,138,564
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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