"What'd Did I Say" The Atlantic Story-50 Years of Music (Sealed)


by Ahmet Ertegun, Welcome Rain Publishers, first printing, 2001). A still-sealed copy of a magnificent coffee table-sized book that lavishly depicts the rich history of perhaps the most important American record companies ever. With commentary and essays by Greil Marcus, Nat Hentoff, Lenny Kaye, Robert Gordon, Robert Christgau, Vince Aletti, Will Friedwald, David Fricke and Barney Hoskins. Contributors include: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Jewel, Tori Amos, Cher, Booker T., Rufus Thomas, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Yes, Greg Allman, Genesis, Phil Collins, Blues Brothers, Stevie Nicks and many, many more.

From the 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.”

(Let's not forget some of its its other major artists, among them hitmakers like Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Bobby Darin, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown, Donna Summers and Roberta Flack; seminal r&b groups like The Clovers and The Coasters; jazz giants like the Modern Jazz Quartet, Erroll Garner, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Eddie Harris. White supergroups? The afore-mentioned Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, and Rush, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and, oh, yes, The Rolling Stones...to name a few).

From the Library Journal review: “Ertegun's anecdotes are liberally supplemented by comments from scores of associates and Atlantic artists. Some of the most respected names in music journalism, including Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus, have also contributed eight essays covering different time periods and aspects of Atlantic. More than 1200 color and black-and-white photographs make this a fun book to leaf through. Big, glossy, and entertaining, "What'd I Say" is a coffee-table tribute to a rare species: a record company that respects its artists and treats them fairly.”

Large, heavy hardback (10 x 1.7 x 14.5 inches, 8.7 lbs.), with dust jacket, photographs throughout. Unopened, sealed copy. A perfect gift for a lover of rhythm and blues, Southern soul, traditional and modern jazz, pop and rock. Condition: As New. NOTE: Overseas shipping will be expensive.

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