Monday, February 05, 2024

Feb 2024 Top 40 MARLEY / Portrait of the Legend / Wesrok, Busy Signal - Don't Get Me Wrong, Ahmet Ertegun - two books on his life

 



2) Wesrok, Busy Signal - Don't Get Me Wrong



"Don't Get Me Wrong" is an elegant, under three minute tune with a captivating hook in the chorus: "It's not how much you have, it's what you do with it."  Wesrock and his group, Busy Signal, employ a bit of Marvin Gaye's layered production. The backing vocals never get in the way, they add to the message in a seductive and sweet musical method. Wes Rock's voice is endearing and holds up to repeated winds.   "Don't Get Me Wrong" is a real find.  - Joe V.     https://youtu.be/6WlQbWVTUyw




3)The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Written by: Robert Greenfield
Narrated by: Robert Fass

Ahmet Ertegun was a class act and always good to me.  In 1982 he set up an appointment with Richard Steinberg for me at Atlantic when I was representing New Rose/RCA - New Rose/Musidisc and later, Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller.  When Miller and I were in the office, Ahmet had to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which he helped create.

Author Robert Greenfield spent about 90 minutes on my TV show discussing Exile on Main Street, his book about the Rolling Stones creation of their double record set.  The difference between the two books is astounding. 

Where Exile is drenched in heroin, cocaine and debauchery, and truly reads more like the National Enquirer than a book about the Stones, the Ahmet book is very respectful and detailed.
It references Justine Picardie and Dorothy Wade's book on Ertegun, as well as passages from Exile on Main St., of course, which was on Atlantic Records.   Reading these epics on the treadmill at the gym is most surreal as it is like seeing a series of films on the same subject, from the perspective of different directors.  Faithfull by Marianne Faithful and David Dalton, as well as Up and Down with the Rolling Stones by late drug-dealer "Spanish" Tony Sanchez, and the two books on Ahmet, reveal inside information on how the Stones signed to Atlantic, and their thought processes during the recording of their masterpieces in the late 60's and early 1970s.  There is far too little on producer Jimmy Miller and his impact on the recordings, and as stated about the 3 Stones books, way too much emphasis on the drugs.




 Hardcover Music Man: Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records, and the Triumph of Rock'n'roll Book
 

4)Music Man: Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records, and the Triumph of Rock'n'roll

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