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5/1/2007 11:03:19 AM

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The 60th Anniversary of Atlantic Records is being heralded this week by two major events:  the PBS television premiere of the AMERICAN MASTERS documentary film, "Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built," and the simultaneous Starbucks Entertainment CD release of "Atlantic 60th Anniversary: R&B Classics Chosen By Ahmet Ertegun."

"AMERICAN MASTERS Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built" premieres on PBS tomorrow, May 2nd, at 9 pm (ET).  Produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Warner Music Group, the two-hour film follows the remarkable career of the late Atlantic co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and his transforming impact on the evolution of contemporary music. 

Four years in the making, the film is structured around a series of specially filmed conversations between Ertegun and many of the artists and colleagues whose lives he so greatly influenced, including Solomon Burke, Chris Blackwell, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, David Geffen, Taylor Hackford, Mick Jagger, Mick Jones, Kid Rock, Ben E. King, Leiber and Stoller, Wynton Marsalis, Bette Midler, Paolo Nutini, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Jann Wenner, Jerry Wexler, and his wife Mica Ertegun.

"The House That Ahmet Built" features rare, private, and classic clips, live performances, and recording sessions.  Narrated by Bette Midler, the film is written, directed, and co-produced by Susan Steinberg.  Phil Carson is the producer, and Susan Lacy is the executive producer of American Masters.  Now celebrating its 21st season, American Masters has won 17 Emmy Awards, eight Peabodys, an Oscar, a duPont-Columbia, and two Grammys.  Following the PBS broadcast premiere of "Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built," the documentary will be released on DVD in June by Rhino Entertainment/Atlantic Records.

"Ahmet Ertegun is someone I greatly admired and held dear.  His indisputable influence, combined with a passionate love of music and a unique aesthetic, altered our cultural landscape," said Susan Lacy.  "We'll never forget him because we'll never stop listening to the music he introduced to the world.  He was a true American Master."

Principal filming of the documentary was completed just days before Ahmet Ertegun's tragic fall backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in New York City last October, which led to his passing on December 14, 2006 at the age of 83.  Among the many events captured in the film is a special tribute to Atlantic and Ertegun that took place last summer at the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. 

"The program is conceived as both a tribute to Atlantic Records - perhaps the most influential independent music company of our time - and to the man himself," said Susan Steinberg.  "When we began this film four years ago, none of us could have anticipated that Mr. Ertegun's sudden and tragic death would cause the program to stand as an epitaph to a man whose energy, passion, good taste, and love of music so enriched the world."

Coinciding with the premiere of "The House That Ahmet Built," Starbucks Entertainment, in conjunction with Rhino Custom Products, is releasing a special CD entitled "Atlantic 60th Anniversary: R&B Classics Chosen By Ahmet Ertegun."  All 17 tracks were personally selected by Ertegun for this collection before his passing last year.  Included are songs by Big Joe Turner, The Drifters, Ray Charles, LaVern Baker, Booker T. and the MG's, Barbara Lewis, Doris Troy, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, R.B. Greaves, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Aretha Franklin, Major Harris, The Spinners, Chic, and Sister Sledge.

"Atlantic 60th Anniversary" is being released today in Starbucks Company-operation locations in the U.S. and Canada and online at  Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and co-produced by

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