Thursday, September 6, 2007

Rick Rubin

The NY Times Magazine ran a great piece on music producer Rick Rubin and the new realities of the music business. Rubin helped start Def Jam Records and produced some of the landmark rap albums of the 80's. He has also produced all kinds of albums by a diverse group of artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Audioslave, Neil Diamond and the Dixie Chicks. He's now co-head of Columbia records and is trying to help steer Columbia and the music industry in general through panic and uncertainty.


Lefty said...
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Lefty said...

One might ask how this relates to politics. Well, doesn't the music industry's behavior remind you of how so many of our conservative corporations have reacted to changing conditions in the marketplace and society? Instead of seriously redfining themselves, they use their political and financial clout to strangle the marketplace into submission. Our corporate "leaders" are dinosaurs who can only focus their narrow, greedy vision on protecting their revenue stream as the world passes them (and us) by.