Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

The House That Ahmet Built

DVD - 2007
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Follows the career of Atlantic Records co-founder, Ahmet Ertegun, and examine Atlantic Records impact on the evolution of popular music while offering an insider's look at the recording industry from its infancy to today. Features rare clips, performances, and studios sessions of Atlantic recording artists.

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 24, 2016

VERY GOOD DVD with lots of fascinating video vignettes featuring famous singers/musicians telling story of evolution of Turkish born boy who became and continued as one of America's premier record producers as pop music evolved over several decades.

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Derringer
Jul 03, 2015

Turning the many pages of Atlantic Records' history.....

In 2006, Ahmet Ertegun (one of the founding members of Atlantic Records) died at the ripe, old age of 83.

In its heyday, Atlantic Records (which was founded by Ertegun in 1947) was one of the most successful, independent record companies in the USA. In 1967, it was sold to Warner Bros./Seven Arts for $17 million.

Through stills, vintage footage, and recent interviews, this fairly interesting documentary pays tribute to Ertegun. This DVD covers Atlantic Records' first 60 years (outlining a lucrative business venture which greatly helped to influence the direction of contemporary music, especially that of soul music in the 1960s).

The following is but a short list of pop music celebrities who make an appearance in this documentary to retell their "Ertegun" stories and their association with Atlantic Records - Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin and Jimmy Page.

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VRMurphy
Feb 14, 2015

This is one of the best of the American Masters series. Ertegun's career was amazing, and the breadth of music that Atlantic promoted was outstanding. It's a bit of a fan-fest: the issue of royalties to earlier artists, who had to sue after waiting for years to be paid, is only glossed over briefly, and either he really was a wonderful human being, or his legacy is still so powerful that no one will say anything negative. Those small cavils aside, he does appear to have been a charming man who loved what he did, and the music in this film is outstanding.

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JPVOLKER
Mar 23, 2014

Star Studded tribute to "The Last Sultan"-Ahmet Ertegun. Reveals how he started Atlantic Records with his brother, and all the major players in the 1940(s) recordlng Industry

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