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What'd I Say: The Atlantic Story 50 Years of Music Hardcover – 12 Jun 2001

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  • Hardcover: 565 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers (12 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566490480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566490481
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 4.3 x 36.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To celebrate the amazing life and its charismatic founder Ahmet Ertegun, this is the definitive behind the scenes story of the rise of Rock and Roll seen through the eyes of those that made the history. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Inspired at an early age by music, cutting his first records aged 14, Ahmet Ertegun, son of the Turkish ambassador to Paris, London and then Washington, formed Atlantic Records over 50 years ago and still runs it today. His love and passion for music is as strong and clear now as it ever has been. It would have been a relatively easy matter where this book is concerned to have created 'boxes' and put soul into one of these, jazz into another and so on. We've chosen instead to let the story unfold through 1,200 exceptional images taken by a range of the world's greatest photographers, and a text of approximately 120,000 words from Ahmet, the artists and the characters concerned. Furthermore, each of the writers listed below have provided definitive essays on the relevant eras, styles and themes of music involved.

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Format: Hardcover
I`m a record collector since 1958, with many, many ATLANTIC/ATCO-records in my collection ! The Atlantic-records seemed to me always as high quality recordings and with marvellous artists in your catalog !
So I was very happy to get this wonderful book "WHAT`D I SAY", for reminiscing all the fine days of Rock-Music !
But I`m a little astonished, that this book isn`t complete and some Atlantic/Atco-musicians and groups are missing(Index) ?
For example one of my favourite 60s/70s group: The New York Rock`n` Roll Ensemble. They had 3 LPs on ATCO ? By the way......one of the most underrated Rock-Groups in History !
Where are: "Cowboy", "Fotomaker" and "Danny O`Keefe" and Jonathan Edwards in this book ? I guess, the editor layed too much weight on the "Black-side"(soul) and the Super-Stars(Led Z., Rolling St., Yes, Genesis etc.....) of the Atlantic catalogue ?
I`d understand that big interests for the great Soul-Department of Atlantic, although it`s not an origin Atlantic staff(STAX.Wechsler bought from Memphis) ! And the Super-Star-department is "only" the big business part of the label: often costs much money, but sometimes
brought some money in ? Not to hurt the honour of Mr.Ertegun, I guess, in the late days of his activities, Mr.Ertegun cared too much for the Super-Stars at Atlantic, maybe he was too much fascinated by Mick Jagger. and Robert Plant. ?
But I will never forget his great ambitions for the increasement of fundamental Soul and Rock-Music in the early days !!
That`s why I love Mr.Ahmet .Ertegun. !
Not to forget to mention: My very first 2 records, I ever owned in my life were, "Splish Splash"(Bobby Darin) and "Yackety Yack"(Coasters).......both Atlantic-records(1958)....in Germany on LONDON-AMERICAN Label !
I wonder, if you`ll care about this ?
Al my best wishes !
Siegfried Michalsky
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Format: Hardcover
If there is anything missing (and by the laws of probability there is!) then this book captures most of it. Atlantic, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler were instrumental and very involved in many of the names I love in popular music. From Leadbelly, Ray Charles through to recent artists the quality and integrity of Atlantic has shone like a beacon in the otherwise pretty murky musical world of the times that this book covers. Indeed Frank Zappa names his son after Ahmet Ertegun. You may think the price is a tad high for a book about rock music but what you get is pretty much an overview of the music business since the mid-40s. It could be a coffee table book but there are plenty of intelligent contributions to make it much more than just a picture book. This is a quality product which is only what you would expect when the name Ahmet Ertegun is on the front.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a4094c8) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0x89b14e04) out of 5 stars Indispensable! 1 Feb. 2002
By D. Sean Brickell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the supreme honor of working for Atlnatic Records as a promotions Manager in the '70s, so I saw first-hand a lot of what's in this book. I saw it through the label, the artists, radio and retail. And lemme tell you, the book is spot-on accurate. The two words that best describe Atlantic Records are sophisticated and engaged, and those characteristics come top-down from the founder, Mr. Ahmet Ertegun, and through all of his management.
While the book is an amazing account of Atlantic Records, what is more is the indispensable perspective on the music business at large. For anyone even remotely interested in the history of this industry and its artists, this book is vital.
The cost is a bit pricey, but the old saying you get what you pay for has never been more true. The oversized book features fantastic photography and superb quality. I just wish it would have had included a 30-song sampler of the history of Atlantic artists.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89b39aec) out of 5 stars Finally.......It was worth the wait! 26 Aug. 2001
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ahmet Ertegun has to be one of the true legends of popular music in the 20th century. When I first heard that Ertegun had penned the story of Atlantic Records 2 to 3 years ago, I immediately searched it out. But for some reason publication was delayed over two years. Alas it's here. This huge book has everything. First hand oral historical accounts on the birth of R&B with Ray Charles, Jerry Wexler, Otis, the Drifters through the evolution of 60's Rock with Cream, the Stones and Zepplin. The photos are spectatcular and Ertegun's own accounts insightful.....A brilliant man with impeccable taste. He may be the hippest son of a Turkish ambassador to ever found a legendary record label. While I personally can do without the more recent sections dealing with 80's and 90's music (how can you include Jewel with the likes of Ray Charles and Ben E. King?), this book is so huge (almost 10 lbs.) that the majority of the book far exceeds all expectations. At a time when lightweight books by airheaded groupies who played abolutely no role in the creation of a musical revolution somehow make their way into publication, this book stands alone as a classic account of a time when the musicians really were artist who paid their dues, song writers were stylists, and goood taste and genuine talent not only mattered, but actually sold records. If you are a true music fan, this book is the next best thing to being present at the birth of the R&B. One more suggestion, get the Atlantic R&B box set. If I were allowed to keep but one body of work from my music collection, this would be the one. It is the Rosetta Stone of modern R&B.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8c64d4) out of 5 stars This is one big beautiful book 11 Jan. 2002
By Tom Hinkle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First of all, this book is huge and weighs a ton. That is appropriate for the subject matter, because Atlantic Records is a huge presence in the history of rhythm & blues and rock. Chock full of pictures and commentary, this presents a totally fascinating portrait of Ahmet Ertegun and his record company, including all the great artists associated with Atlantic. From the early days with artists such as Ruth Brown and the Clovers, through the early career of Ray Charles, and on to Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and the incomparable Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Records made its reputation in R&B. Less well known, but hardly less influential, is its presence in the jazz world, thanks to Ahmet's brother Nesuhi. In the late '60's Atlantic expanded into the field of rock with Cream, Led Zeppelin, and, later, the Rolling Stones, and was a major player in art/progressive rock by signing such bands as King Crimson, Yes, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
They could have ended the book in the early '70's, in my opinion, because after corporate buyouts and sellouts, Atlantic's imprint became less distinctive. Face it, Foreigner could have been on any label and it wouldn't have made much difference. Later forays into country music seem very un-Atlantic, to say the least. But during its heyday, there was no label putting out as high a level of quality music as Atlantic records, and this is its fascinating story.
HASH(0x89b23d80) out of 5 stars From the source 30 Dec. 2013
By swimmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ahmet Ertegun was an inspirational factor to the many early R & B artists that he signed to his new label in partnership with his brother Nesuhi, who recorded the jazz, and Jerry Wexler who came on board to make the hits with Aretha & Friends!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89b23dc8) out of 5 stars What'd I Say? I say "fantastic." 28 May 2005
By Josh P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Had it not been for Ahmet Ertegun and his family moving from Turkey to America, more than 75% of the music that would come out over the time afterward would never had come to be and the musical mainstream would dramatically have never been the same.

I consider Ertegun to be would one of the best musical geniuses of the 20th century for it was he that started the snowball rolling and it kept getting bigger and bigger. He had his own acetate-cutting machine when he was a kid (pretty neat) and wrote his own songs. Close with his brother, Nesuhi, the two were avid jazz fans. When Ahmet got the urge to make records and hire acts to record for him, he founded his own record company with partner Herb Abramson in 1947 from a $10,000 loan from Ertegun's dentist. The rest is history. Atlantic had a huge roster of stars from jazz and R&B greats of the '40s, '50s and '60s to hard rock bands of the '60s, '70s and '80s. It starts with background history on Ahmet and continues on with the start of Atlantic from the '40s to the present. This huge book chronicles it all loaded with quotes from artists and from Ahmet and the production team as well as tons of photographs. It is pricey but it is worth every penny. Thank you, Ahmet Ertegun. American music would never have thrived without Atlantic!
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