Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is exposed as an abusive, sexual harasser in a new book by his former secretary Dorothy Carvello.
In her book ‘Anything for a Hit : An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry’, Dorothy Carvello tells outrageous stories about Ertegun and exposes the real-life sex, drugs and rock & roll lifestyle of people in the music business.
Ertegun, who died in 2006 after falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert, is the most high profile music executive to be exposed as an abusive deviant.
Carvello claims that Ertegun would call her at 3am demanding vodka and strippers. She says that prostitutes would attempt to blackmail him but he would just pay them off with wads of cash. “He was the Turkish sultan offering his concubines,” she writes in her book.
In her days as Ertegun’s secretary Carvello says her job would include cleaning up puke and hiring hookers. “These guys would fuck girls young enough to be their daughters without thinking twice,” she writes.
She says she had a job “where sexual harassment was taken for granted.”
Carvello didn’t leave the company. Instead she was promoted and became the first female executive for Atlantic Records. She is now 56 years old and works in A&R at Columbia Records in New York.
Armet Ertegun founded Atlantic Records in 1947. He discovered Ray Charles, made a star of Aretha Franklin and signed the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
Dorothy Carvello ‘Anything for a Hit’ will be available from 4 September, 2018.