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Rob Hall wrote:But let us not forget that Atlantic earned an *awful* lot of its money from stadium rock acts such as the Stones and Le Zeppelin - though I'm not familiar the figures, so I can't say if this represented more or less than was earned from the classic soul/R&B artists of the earlier days. Nor am I sufficiently familiar with the finances of the Ertegun family to be in a position to say that they aren't also contributing to the type of funds that you suggest. We only have this report to go on and, in and of itself, it seemed to me a fine gesture.
Rob Hall wrote:However, a quick search reveals that Ruth Brown's fight for royalty reform led to the creation of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation (the history is here: http://www.rhythm-n-blues.org/abouthistory.php) which was seeded with a $1.5 million donation from Ahmet Ertegun. You may know better than I, but it's not clear from these facts to what extent her campaign was specifically targeted at Ertegun himself, nor whether or not she considered his donation a satisfactory settlement in respect of his obligations. For my part, I'm bound to conclude that she must have done.
I'd forgotten that Charlie (a Cambridge graduate - perhaps Mrs Ertegun should have sent the money there!) wrote a book about Atlantic Records. I haven't read it, but I see that it is still available so I'll order a copy to see what he had to say on the matter.
john poole wrote:From Charlie's "Making Tracks" -
"During the time I've been working as a freelance music journalist in Britain, I've continually noticed how performers, who invariably criticize their record companies, would have some positive comment to make about Atlantic. In particular, I was impressed by the strong loyalty toward Atlantic of Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King ..."
"Atlantic was known for paying royalty checks in those early days of rock'n'roll, a time when many other companies regularly held pirate recording sessions, paid musicians under the union rates, and rarely considered coughing up royalties"
From yesterday's Guardian story, this pally populism from Tory Chris Patton makes me feel quite sick:AndyM wrote:...But on the point of Oxford & toffs, the place does exude codes of exclusion which can make non-toffs very uncomfortable. All quite subtle of course (this is England!) but the power of the privileged is very assiduously sustained.
Oxford's chancellor, said the scholarships were something very rare in terms of their "scope and vision". Asked if Oxford was the most deserving recipient, he said: "If you're asking whether I think Oxford is a great enough university to attract generosity on this scale, the answer is unequivocally: 'It is.' "
He said Oxford was one of the best universities in the world for the teaching and study of the humanities. "We're generally recognised as being top of the league. If not Manchester City, then maybe Manchester United."
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