"What'd I Say?": The Atlantic Story : 50 Years of Music

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Perry Richardson
Welcome Rain Publishers, 2001 - Music - 565 pages
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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. Spanning six decades, this coffee-table history goes a little deeper than most. Ertegun's anecdotes are intermingled with those of his business associates and recording artists. Atlantic's roster includes 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. There 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.

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The Forties Duke Ellington Johnny Hodges Rex Stewart Harry Carney Adele Girard Barney
ESSayS Atlantic Records 194754 By Greil Marcus
The Jazz Heritage of Atlantic Records By Nat Hentoff

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Barney Hoskyns

British writer Barney Hoskyns lives in London and is author of a number books about popular culture. He is the biographer of the artist formerly known as Prince, The Imp of the Perverse. Other titles include: Say It One More Time For the Broken Hearted; James Dean: Shooting Star; From A Whisper To A Scream: The Great Voices Of Popular Music; Montgomery Clift: Beautiful Loser, and Waiting For The Sun.

Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic," "Dead Elvis," "Lipstick Traces," & "Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum," "Interview," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," & "Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000.

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