The definitive biography of Ahmet Ertegun—founder of Atlantic files, the guy at the back of stars from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stones—“mesmerizing, unique, informative.”*

Brilliant, cultured, brash, and irreverent, Ahmet Ertegun used to be a legend within the song international. Blessed with nice flavor and sharp enterprise acumen, he based Atlantic documents and taken rock ’n’ roll into the mainstream. He fast grew to become as well known for his amazing feel of fashion and nonstop A-list social existence as for his pioneering paintings within the studio.

Ertegun came across, signed, or recorded the various maximum musical artists of all time, between them Ruth Brown; Ray Charles; Bobby Darin; Sonny and Cher; Eric Clapton; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & younger; Led Zeppelin; and the Rolling Stones.

Ertegun lived grandly yet used to be by no means happier than whilst he came across himself in a few down-and-out joint hearing track past due at evening. As colourful and compelling as its topic, The final Sultan is the attention-grabbing tale of a guy who regularly lived through his personal principles.

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By Isabel Allende

When Isabel Allende's daughter, Paula, grew to become gravely unwell and fell right into a coma, the writer started to write the tale of her relatives for her subconscious baby. within the telling, extraordinary ancestors look ahead of our eyes; we listen either pleasant and sour formative years stories, impressive anecdotes of younger years, and the main intimate secrets and techniques handed alongside in whispers. With Paula, Allende has written a robust autobiography whose effortless reputation of the paranormal and non secular worlds will remind readers of her first e-book, The condo of the Spirits.

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By Tommy Lee

Now in paperback, the big apple occasions bestseller during which rock and roll's such a lot infamous undesirable boy bares it all—and boy is there much to bare!

I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October three, 1962, and raised in a suburb of California via an American father and a Greek mom. At seventeen, I joined Mötley Crüe and we turned one of many baddest-ass rock bands in background. We bought over forty million albums, we wreaked havoc, we scared mom and dad, and we titillated too many fathers' daughters. i have been married 3 times: as soon as for only a few days to a Penthouse puppy, for seven years to Heather Locklear, after which for 5 years to Pamela Anderson, with whom i've got attractive sons. i have gotten right into a lot of fights and i have been to penal complex a number of times.

But this ebook isn't really your regular trip in a instantly line from day one to day now. i am extra attracted to revealing what is most vital approximately my lifestyles, like how I prepare dinner my steaks; what i believe of the tabloids, the reality, my ex-wives, my ex-band, my tune; and what an blameless observer may well locate placing round my residence any given Sunday. you will get lots of proof and i will inform you a narrative, yet my actual project here's to color you an image of my existence. i would like to teach you ways my thoughts smell.

I'd wish to get into it now, so please take your seats. i counsel you to maintain your legs and arms contained in the automobile invariably. when you have a pacemaker, a middle , or while you're pregnant or too rattling brief to arrive the security bar, I ask that you simply flip again instantly. people with vulnerable stomachs, strict morals, or power indigestion should still placed the ebook down now. For the remainder of you, there is one fact that is genuine around the board: What you ship out is what you come again. ship out the nice, humans, and it'll come again to you. there is one other factor i have realized through the years, in courtroom, in fights, and in arguments with humans i admire: there is not one fact, there are lots of. This booklet is my fact.

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Justin Langer scored extra centuries than Ian Chappell, Doug Walters, or invoice Lawry and had a greater usual than Mark Taylor, David Boon, or Mark Waugh but lived virtually each second of his glittering attempt occupation as though it used to be his final. during this intimate and every now and then poignant account, Langer seems again at the team, locker room antics, and onfield triumphs which made up his 105-Test innings as a member of 1 of the game's maximum groups. Peer backstage to relive the evening they soaked the English locker rooms at Lords in beer, the hour of darkness frolic round the SCG of their underpants and saggy eco-friendly caps, and the Caribbean dinner which price the Australian Cricket Board $16,000. What was once it prefer to face the barrage of the West Indies and Pakistan assaults at their top, who used to be the simplest bowler he ever confronted, and why did an Adelaide pool desk support Shane Warne hone his flipper. it is a trip from the world's nice cricket grounds to the poorest parts of the sub-continent, Africa, and the West Indies, and the luxuries of a feted wearing champion to the day Matthew Hayden arrived in India with a fuel range in his cricket bag. find out how meditation and martial arts helped him conflict his continual worry of failure and skim first-hand snippets from formative years sweetheart Sue Langer who shines a different mild on lifestyles as a cricketer's wife.

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Glen Matlock used to be a founding member of the intercourse Pistols and co-wrote so much in their iconic songs. His tale of the Pistols' upward push to worldwide infamy is a good, insightful account of a bunch of clever malcontents, made up our minds to alter the song enterprise and to assault hypocrisy and rancid conventions in society at huge. Glen brilliantly captures the flavor of seventies Britain and divulges the complexities and character clashes that made the Pistols so explosive at the moment. additionally comprises actual stories of the Pistols reunion excursions of 1996 and 2002. by no means brain the opposite bollocks-filled books concerning the intercourse Pistols, this is the reality.

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By Guy Martin

"The maddest year of my existence. the adventure starts off with an oddball race up an American mountain and ends with me checking myself out of clinic with a damaged again. back. . ."

As man Martin's grandfather Voldemars usually reminded him, "When you lifeless, you dead." So, sooner than it is all over, man Martin is profiting from the time he’s received. during this previous yr on my own, man has raced the Isle of guy TT and accomplished at the podium; motorcycle trekked via India; competed in solo 24-hour bicycles races; flown a stunt airplane; damaged a go-kart pace list down a French mountain; and dusted himself off after a dramatic crash on the Dunrod one hundred fifty Superbike race. And he’s performed all this round his day task as a truck mechanic. yet enable man inform you approximately it himself: "This e-book starts off in a Transit, results in a Transit, and in among I’ve raced a couple of pushbikes, raced a couple of motorbikes and acquired a good few tales to inform you." Spot on.

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By Frederick Douglass

Right here in a single omnibus variation are all 3 of Frederick Douglass' landmark autobiographies.

Narrative of the lifetime of Frederick Douglass is without doubt one of the so much influential autobiographies ever written. This vintage did up to or greater than the other booklet to inspire the abolitionist to proceed to struggle for freedom in American. Frederick Douglass was once born a slave, he escaped a brutal method and during sheer strength of will knowledgeable himself and have become an abolitionist, editor, orator, writer, statesman, and reformer. this is often the most not going and robust good fortune tales ever written.

In Frederick Douglass' autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom we will be able to see the ability of literacy and trust. Douglass transforms himself from slave to an abolitionist, journalist, orator, and some of the most robust voices to emerge from the yank civil rights circulation with little greater than strength of will. His breadth of his accomplishments gave wish to generations of people that got here after him of their struggle for civil rights.

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By Lance Armstrong

""I are looking to die at 100 years outdated after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at seventy five miles in step with hour. I don't do something sluggish, now not even breathe. I do every little thing at a quick cadence: devour quick, sleep fast."

At twenty-four, Lance Armstrong used to be already good on his option to changing into a carrying legend. Then, in October 1996, he was once clinically determined with degree 4 testicular melanoma - medical professionals gave him a forty% probability of survival. On that day Armstrong's lifestyles replaced for ever and in normal style, he met the problem head on - this was once one struggle he was firm to not lose.

As he battled opposed to the melanoma invading his physique and the chemotherapy that threatened to sap his soul, he focussed on his education and drew power from the folk round him who by no means gave up. simply 16 months after Armstrong used to be discharged from health center, he entered the journey de France, a race famed for its gruelling depth. quite a few months after that, he turned a father.

It's no longer concerning the motorcycle is the tale of 1 man's inspirational conflict opposed to the chances, charting his development via triumph, tragedy and transformation.

It's now not in regards to the motorcycle used to be first released in could 2000. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted to having taken functionality improving medications in all seven of the excursions de France within which he competed among 1999 and 2005. He was once formally stripped of those wins through the UCI, the realm governing physique for biking, in 2012."

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By Geoffrey Wolff

Duke Wolff used to be a wonderful specimen of the yank clubman -- a made of Yale and the OSS, a one-time fighter pilot became aviation engineer. Duke Wolff was once a failure who flunked out of a sequence of undistinguished faculties, used to be handed up for army carrier, and supported himself with desperately improvised scams, exploiting employers, other halves, and, ultimately, his personal son.

In The Duke of Deception, Geoffrey Wolff unravels the enigma of this Gatsbyesque determine, a foul guy who one way or the other used to be additionally a good father, an inveterate liar who falsified every thing yet love.

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By J. S. Rafaeli, Simon Parkes

In 1982, elderly twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid GBP1 for a nearly derelict construction in Brixton. Over the following fifteen years he became it into Britain's such a lot iconic song venue. And now he is telling his tale: packed with fond - and wild - recollections of the well-known musicians who performed on the venue, together with Robert Plant and Jimmy web page, Lou Reed, The Ramones, New Order, the Beastie Boys and The Smiths. this is often approximately one man's burning wish for achievement opposed to the chances, his ardour for reside tune and the buzz of these desolate tract years, a much cry from the company global that controls the scene this present day. From rock-star debauchery and combining it up with Brixton gangsters to placing at the first felony raves within the united kingdom and numerous backroom company bargains, this can be the tale of ways to reach company with out event and fulfil your teenage fantasies.

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