Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin Make Rare Public Appearance Together For New Book

Def Jam founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin will celebrate the publication of the new book entitled, “Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label,” during an intimate conversation, next month, on October 15th.

The event, which will be hosted at New York’s Stephen A Schwarzman Building in New York City, showcases the book, which was written by legendary Def Jam publicist/Hip-Hop historian, Bill Adler.

The art book features a host of iconic images, rare artifacts and memorabilia, with text written by Bill Adler, along with Dan Charnas.

The conversation will center on the profound impact that Def Jam had on popular culture over the 25 years and will be hosted by the New York Public library’s Paul Holdengraber.

During the event, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons will explain the images in the book and describe their experiences as founders of the influential record label.

The evening is special because Rick Rubin will give fans a rare inside look at the founding of one of the worlds most dominant musical empires as the sometimes reclusive producer rarely speaks in public.

Rick Rubin is also busy at his day job, as head of Columbia Records. His most recent success comes in the form of pop singer Adele.

Russell Simmons has released several books including “Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success,” and  :Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All,” in addition to his own memoirs, “Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money + God.”

Tickets are $25.00, $15.00 for Friends of the Library, seniors and students with a valid ID.

To reserve tickets, go to

The conversation will be held at the New York Public Libary Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

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