Over at Slate, there’s a nice interview with the legendary Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, who discovered and produced many of the best-known pop acts in music history, including such luminaries as:
Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding—who called him "Omelette"—Bette Midler, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Booker T. and the MGs, Sam and Dave, Cream, the Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin, the Coasters, John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus, Roberta Flack, the Spinners, the Allman Brothers, Genesis, Foreigner, Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Buffalo Springfield, the Blues Brothers, Tori Amos, and Phil Collins, among others.
Though pop music has been the chief focus of his life, Mr. Ertegun has an abiding interest in Turkish politics—not surprising given the fact his father was a prominent Turkish diplomat, and a contemporary of Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey.
It’s a good interview. Mr. Ertegun gives his take on many different issues. Go check it out.