Def Jam is getting a book! The book will be titled Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label. The book is due out on September 20, 2011. Bill Adler and Dan Charnas (known for his well received book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop) are authoring.
Def Jam co-founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, as well as executives such as Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald, and Chris Lighty are just a few of the ones who will be a part of Def Jam Recordings. Artists Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chuck D of Public Enemy, DMX, Ice-T, Ludacris, Jeezy, Nas, Rihanna, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Redman, Ja Rule, and Ashanti will also contribute. This book takes the anecdotes and recollections of the people who played a major role in Def Jam’s creation as well as rare artifacts and behind-the-scenes photos from the first 25 years of the label. Spotted at hiphopdx.