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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Greenfield Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 he was for 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 soundtrack 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterful.”

    Keith Richards

  • “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)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by captain america | 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 by 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 by 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 by Don Gorman | 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. "

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