Atlantic and the Godfathers of Rock and Roll - Justine Picardie and Dorothy Wade.
The story begins with Ahmet Ertegun, son of the Turkish ambassador in Washington DC who borrowed a few thousand dollars from his dentist to start a label that would be a showpiece for the Harlem nightclub scene. Then a string of black R&B hits ushered in Atlantic's hey day. The book also explored how Atlantic managed to promote the right talent at the right time, saving it from destruction when other labels were falling foul of organied crime. A fascinating view behind the scenes of a rock and roll and R&B empire over the decades, with portraits of the stars at work, and and candid descriptions of hustles, deals and scandals in the industry (used, paperback)