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Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:07

Ahmet Ertegun - A Legend For Real

Written by Alan McGee
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Ahmet Ertegun was the music industry blueprint for somebody who cares about music and artists. He was rich, and a great business guy, but from the Stones to Led Zeppelin he took chance after chance and it paid off. The people who run the music business now are bean counters. There are very few people in the higher regions of the business who are there for the music, but Ahmet Ertegun was one of them.

I met Ahmet once in 1997. He came to my office in London and tried to buy Oasis from me. He also - bizarrely - tried to buy the Teletubbies for the States from me until I directed him to the BBC. He must have been about 73 that point but the man could still smell a hit.

I loved Ahmet, he was a legend, an absolute diamond human and musical genius. He knew every genre of music back to front. The time I met him he told me so many great stories. Obviously I said, "Ahmet, you should write a book", and he replied, "Alan, it would get me killed." He lived a life and then some.

Atlantic is the blueprint for every great indie label there has ever been - even if they don't know it. Ahmet invented the first one in 1947. He'll always shine on through the music he released, and he'll be remembered by music fans with gratitude and love.

Reproduced by Kind Permission of Alan McGee


Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:06

Music – Must Not Get Caught In The Net

Written by Alan McGee
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When we consider the implications of the world wide web as a platform for personal expression - particularly as a tool for the creation and distribution of music - it's hard to avoid rather abstract notions of revolutionary change.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:04

Black Woodstock - Why The Documentary Should Be Released

Written by Alan McGee
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Black Woodstock" (Wattstax in 1972 has also been labelled the "Black Woodstock", but this Harlem show came first) was a celebration of beliefs, art and people. Luminaries from the political and musical worlds participated, including Sly and the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, the Staple Singers, Nina Simone and more). The festival also provided a rallying point during the upsurge of the black power movement, attracting over 100,000 participants with the Black Panthers providing security.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 17:02

Daft Punk - Gloriously Human Robots

Written by Alan McGee
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Watching Daft Punk collaborate with Kanye West at the Grammys underlined their many achievements. How did two faceless musicians dressed as robots make electronic music one of the most exciting live attractions on earth?
Sunday, 15 January 2012 17:02

Forgotten Punk – Little Known Records With Big Influence

Written by Alan McGee
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Some of the groups which most influenced punk rock have had a limited following themselves. Critically reviled at the time, hard-pressed with finances, having just a limited regional following or with a life-span too brief to move onto the worldwide stage, these records influenced my life and many others'. What are yours?

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