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Author: Robert Greenfield Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781452674896
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterful.”

    Keith Richards

  • A vivid saga of the an industry in its salad days, and of the unholy but fertile union of money and music. Publishers Weekly
  • “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…Greenfield¹s fascinating biography The Last Sultan gets it right, and I envy readers their opportunity to experience the life and times of this extraordinary man.”

    Henry Kissinger

  • “An excellent biography of a titan in the music industry.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 captain | 1/12/2014

    " pretty good bio. i was disappointed that the early soul and R&B stuff got short attention in favor of people like (gack!) robert plant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 12/8/2013

    " Great story but could have used a stronger hand from the editor. Some chapters are a little thin. Worth a read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisafaith | 7/15/2013

    " Great history of early Atlantic Records "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 4/29/2013

    " An incredible journey throught the music business. I was there for some of it so I loved it. If you don't care about the history of R & b, rock and roll and even early radio don't bother with this one. But if you do, it is a lor of fun; sometimes over the top but a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 4/5/2013

    " Ahmet was the man in rock and roll longer than anybody else. The music he had a hand in is staggering. His tale going from the Turkish ambassador's son to the world's greatest hipster could not have been made up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 1/14/2013

    " Excellent book on the history of music and Atlantic Records...slow to start but worth it to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daman | 8/10/2012

    " This book is a great combination of a tale of success, insider info on the record industry, and great anecdotes about a guy many loved and adored. Well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/27/2012

    " Fascinating read. Great bio and very informative look at the record industry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/6/2012

    " this one surprised me. I started it thinking that it would go easy, but I got wrapped up in the life and times of Ahmet Ertegun. It is an interesting look at music, wealth and the excess of an industry that is now in decline. "

About the Author

Robert Greenfield is the author of a biography of Jerry Garcia and a book about rock impresario Bill Graham, which won a Ralph J. Gleason Award and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence. He lives in California.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.