Def Jam Recordings

The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

by Bill Adler, Dan Charnas and Lyor Cohen

Def Jam Recordings

Hardcover, 311 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $60 | purchase

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"Work is the prayer," writes Russell Simmons in a preface to the book documenting 25 years of his record label, Def Jam. Lyor Cohen, who began with Def Jam by managing Run DMC and is now the CEO of Warner Music Group, says he never thought he'd see the day — a coffee table book was never the goal. The first purpose of Def Jam Recordings was to put early 1980s New York City street culture on wax; the purpose of Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label is

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