NYTimes on Rick Rubin

The New York Times has a great long feature about the music producer Rick Rubin (co-founder of Def Jam, producer of many known pop artists). The article not only covers Rick Rubin, it also covers some of the upheaval in the record industry, and some of the possible solutions that are being explored (Rubin has been hired to try to “save” Columbia Records).

Here’s a quote that sounds like something Lawrence Lessig might have written:
“Until very recently,” Rubin told me over lunch at Hugo’s, a health-conscious restaurant in Hollywood, “there were a handful of channels in the music business that the gatekeepers controlled. They were radio, Tower Records, MTV, certain mainstream press like Rolling Stone. That’s how people found out about new things. Every record company in the industry was built to work that model. There was a time when if you had something that wasn’t so good, through muscle and lack of other choices, you could push that not very good product through those channels. And that’s how the music business functioned for 50 years. Well, the world has changed. And the industry has not.”

Enjoy!

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