Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg's Atlantic Records: The House that Ahmet Built (2007) is tremendous fun. The film lionizes Ahmet Ertegun, who founded Atlantic Records based on his love for African American music. Among many other musicians, the film includes Big Joe Turner (top), Ray Charles (middle, with Ertegun), and Duke Ellington (bottom; a young Ertegun at left). Ertegun's musical interests later encompassed white pop, and the film follows along, ambitiously departing from straight hagiography toward analysis of the interplay between "black" and "white" music.
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