The definitive biography of Ahmet Ertegun—founder of Atlantic documents, the guy at the back of stars from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stones—“mesmerizing, wonderful, informative.”*
Brilliant, cultured, brash, and irreverent, Ahmet Ertegun was once a legend within the track global. Blessed with nice style and sharp enterprise acumen, he based Atlantic documents and taken rock ’n’ roll into the mainstream. He quick turned as popular for his magnificent experience of fashion and nonstop A-list social lifestyles as for his pioneering paintings within the studio.
Ertegun came across, signed, or recorded a few of the maximum musical artists of all time, between them Ruth Brown; Ray Charles; Bobby Darin; Sonny and Cher; Eric Clapton; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & younger; Led Zeppelin; and the Rolling Stones.
Ertegun lived grandly yet was once by no means happier than whilst he discovered himself in a few down-and-out joint hearing tune overdue at evening. As colourful and compelling as its topic, The final Sultan is the attention-grabbing tale of a guy who continually lived by way of his personal ideas.
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