Def Jam To Publish Book About Iconic Label’s First 25 Years

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logo - Def JamIconic hip-hop label, Def Jam, is preparing a new memoir of its own storied history, which dates back to the mid-1980s with such legendary acts as the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J.

The book, titled Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, is a 304-page tome, written by legendary hip-hop critic/biographer Bill Adler and writer Dan Charnas, as well as prefaces by Def Jam titans Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles.

“In the streets, the Def Jam logo was more potent than a police badge,” Liles says of the label’s significance. “It presented us with a previously unimaginable vision of self-empowerment and entrepreneurialism.”

“If the amazing success of hip-hop — and Def Jam in particular — has taught me anything, it’s that the most powerful cultural forces are actually accidental mutations sprung from creativity and necessity, rather than carefully plotted movements,” adds Cohen.

In addition to the label’s founders and executives mentioned, the book will feature commentary by rap icons Chuck D, Ice-T, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Ludacris, Kanye West, Rev. Run and many more.

Released as a hardcover, it will also feature 250 color and black-and-white photographs from throughout the revered label’s history, captured by some of the era’s best known lensmen (and women)

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label is being published by Rizzoli, and hit store shelves in September.

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