Rock N' Roll Books has set a tentatively spring 2008 release date for "Rick Rubin: In the Studio", the first and only definitive book dedicated to Rick Rubin — our generation's most influential producer who has worked with multi-platinum artists as diverse as SLAYER, METALLICA, LINKIN PARK, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, BEASTIE BOYS, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, JOHNNY CASH, RUN DMC, TOM PETTY, AUDIOSLAVE and DANZIG. This title, which costs $23.00 US (including shipping and handling) may be pre-ordered for delivery in the early spring of 2008 by e-mailing [email protected] or by going to this location.
In an article published in the New York Times magazine in early September 2007, Rick Rubin — who now holds the title of co-head of Columbia Records — spoke about his work as a producer for such bands as METALLICA, LINKIN PARK and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
Whenever he agrees to produce an album, Rubin scrutinizes the songs before going into the studio. Rubin works slowly — it can take him years to finish an album. "A lot of that is because of the songs," Rubin explained. "I try to get the artist to feel like they are writing songs for the ages rather than songs for an album. As they write, they come over and play the songs for me. For some reason, most people will write 10 songs and think, That's enough for a record, I'm done. When they play the songs for me, invariably the last two songs they've written are the best. I'll then say, 'You have two songs, go back and write eight more.' "
His responses are instant, specific and constructively definitive. In the early METALLICA sessions, Rubin has been exacting about different drum sounds. "Lars" — Ulrich, the drummer — "will play two things for me, and I'll say, 'This one is great and that one is terrible,' " Rubin recalled. "Lars will say: 'How do you know? They both sound good to me.' Well, I just know. The right sound reaches its hand out and finds its way. So much of what I do is just being present and listening for that right sound."
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