What'd I Say: The Atlantic Story 50 Years of Music Hardcover – 12 Jun 2001
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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.See all Product Description
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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 !
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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.
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.
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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