"What'd I say?" : the Atlantic story : 50 years of music

Format: Print Book 2001
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Music - Folios FOLIO q ML427.A85 W45 2001x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor Music - Folios
Call Number  FOLIO q ML427.A85 W45 2001x
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.
Essays. Atlantic Records 1947-54 / by Greil Marcus
The jazz heritage of Atlantic Records / by Nat Hentoff
The second taste 1954-1962 / by Lenny Kaye
Southern soul / by Robert Gordon
The move into rock / by Robert Christgau
Lost in music, Atlantic's disco years / by Vince Aletti
The great age of excess 1972-1986 / by David Fricke
Jazz / by Will Friedwald
The soul in the machine 1986-2000 / by Barney Hoskins.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With a roster including Ray Charles, the Drifters, and Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Records pretty much was rhythm and blues in the '50s and '60s. And label founder Ertegun was Atlantic Records. This lavish tome tells the hugely influential record company's story in 1,000 evocative photographs, augmented by the oral-history-style reminiscence of Ertegun and musicians he discovered or helped make stars. Atlantic did well in other genres besides R & B, recording some of jazz legends John Coltrane's and Charles Mingus' best work and the influential rock supergroups Cream and Led Zeppelin. By the '70s, though, its glory years were over, and the likes of Foreigner, ABBA, and, more recently, Hootie and the Blowfish became the label's mainstays. So the book resembles those CD boxed sets tracing the trajectory of a career: just as the first two or three discs get repeated play, whereas the last gets filed after a cursory scan, the second half of this volume pales before the glories that precede it. It records a remarkable half century of music, nevertheless. --Gordon Flagg"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Ertegun founded Atlantic Records in 1947 with $10,000 borrowed from his dentist, the 24-year-old native of Turkey was living in segregated America, which did not realize the beauty of its own cacophony. Luckily, however, there was the radio an ethereal land of the free where he could realize his dream of making music that was beyond color as well as category but not above the heads of the mass majority. Spanning six decades, this coffee-table history fortunately goes a little deeper than most. Ertegun's anecdotes are intermingled with those of his esteemed business associates and recording artists. If the company one keeps is a reflection of intelligence, then Ertegun is a genius times 100: Atlantic's roster includes no less than Ray Charles, Clyde McPhatter, the Drifters, Big Joe Turner, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Mabel Mercer, Bobby Darin, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin, Tori Amos and so on. As fascinating as their recollections are standing alone, they would have been more powerful woven into one sprawling yarn. However, many of the book's satiny black-and-white publicity stills of Atlantic's more esoteric acts speak volumes. What saves the book from quoting itself into oblivion are nine essays by some of the most respected music journalists. Each nicely crystallizes the label's enormous contributions to R&B, jazz, rock 'n' roll, pop and soul. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ertegun, Ahmet M.
Atlantic Recording Corporation.
Sound recording industry -- United States.
Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Singers -- United States -- Biography -- Pictorial works.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Pictorial works.
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Pictorial works.
African American musicians -- Biography -- Pictorial works.
Publisher New York :Welcome Rain Publishers,2001
Edition 1st Welcome Rain ed.
Contributors Ertegun, Ahmet M.
Richardson, Perry.
Language English
Description 565 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 37 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 565) and index.
ISBN 1566490480
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