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Books: What’d I Say: The Atlantic Story–50 Years Of Music

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Richard Corliss

We could use up all the space here (and in the rest of this issue) simply listing the musicians–black and white, jazz and R. and B., rock and beyond–whom Ertegun discovered and set free as prime mover of Atlantic Records. Just as impressive is the tale of a son of the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. who fell in love with black music and co-founded a label that helped Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin redefine American pop. The terrific photos in this handsome, 8-lb. tome induce a vivid synesthesia: looking at Ertegun’s artists, you can hear, on the jukebox of your memory, the raw, transcendent music they created.

–By Richard Corliss

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