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The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun | [Robert Greenfield]

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

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

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

©2011 Schoolyard Productions, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    "A Man More Than Fascinating"

    Greenfield takes you on an amazing journey through the life of a music business legend. Ertegun discovered Ray Charles, Aretha, CS&N, Led Zep and so many more. You feel as if you are at clubs, concerts, and meetings with so many musical heavies. The stories told are amazing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-04-12
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up The Last Sultan in three words, what would they be?

    Great music, musicians


    What other book might you compare The Last Sultan to and why?

    LIFE, by Keirth Richards. Both books are about the music that shaped many of our lives. Both books describe the energy of the music industry, and tell detailed, specific background stories about the music and musicians we know and love. The subject of the book led a charmed life, and charmed people along the way.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob CENTERPORT, NY, United States 12-15-11
    Bob CENTERPORT, NY, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story about a great story teller"
    Where does The Last Sultan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If Bill Graham was the father of concerts, Ahmet was of the record business. Both were great story tellers who both loved their artists and love the business which they created. I loved every second of this book as well as the book about Mr. Wexler. Together these two bookends did what MOrris Levy never could and more. God bless you Ahmet, Jerry and of course Miriam.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur North Kitsap County, Washington, USA 01-24-13
    Arthur North Kitsap County, Washington, USA 01-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Could also be called The Real King of Rock"

    Amazing chronicle of a man who's love for American roots music fueled the movement we now know as rock and roll. Ertegun began as a collector of jazz and blues records to become one of the most influencial people in the record industry. Discovering acts like Ray Charles, Buffalo Springfield, Sonny & Cher and Led Zeppelin to name a few. As well as producers Phil Spector, David Geffin Tom Dowd and list just keeps going. Ahmet Ertegun seemed to be in the vicinity of just about every important event in popular music for over 50 years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob G. Indianapolis, IN United States 10-27-14
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    "Entertaining look at a true one of a kind man."

    In a business full of larger than life characters, Ahmet Ertegun stands out. Born into the high life, he gravitated towards dives and juke joints. Equally comfortable with the highest of high society and the backest of backwoods, Ertegun's life was a pretty pretty colorful one. Along the way, he co-founded Atlantic records, and introduced the world to many important musical acts, helping to build an impressive legacy in the music industry.

    As someone who is fascinated with the music business, this is a priceless story. Ertegun's lengthy and amazing career showed him able to navigate the boardrooms that came to dominate the business and still maintain his reputation as an artist's best friend. There will never be another like him, that much is for sure.

    The Last Sultan does a pretty good job of telling this story and I learned quite a bit I hadn't heard before. One thing I really appreciated was that Greenfield choose to focus more on the business side of things rather than devolve into a tabloid tell all. Considering how much Ahmet loved the fast life (and sex, drugs and rock and roll) it's pretty impressive that he steered this direction.

    I'd highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the music business.

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    TIMOTHY BARRINGTON, IL, United States 11-12-12
    TIMOTHY BARRINGTON, IL, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FANTASTIC STORY OF A RECORD PIONEER."
    If you could sum up The Last Sultan in three words, what would they be?

    INSPIRATIONAL-INSITEFUL-HISTORIC


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE ASPECT THAT THIS MAN THE CONSUMATE DEAL MAKER. WITH PANACHE, COURAGE, AND A FORWARD VIEW. ADDING A FAIRNESS TO AN INDUSTRY THAT IS RIFE WITH SWIDLERS.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    NONE. HIS AFFECTATION WHERE SILLY.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "THE MAN WHO MADE OUR MUSIC."


    Any additional comments?

    THE CONSUMATE BOOK ON THE MUSIC AND INDUSTRY THAT PRODUCED THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY GENERATION.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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