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Rick Rubin: In the Studio

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There is no greater enigma than Rick Rubin working in record production today. As mysterious personally as the Buddhist religion he practices, Rubin has made one thing crystal clear: the records he produces are sonically and stylistically beyond reproach. MTV has called Rubin “the most important producer of the last 20 years,” while Rolling Stone ventured even further, dee ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by ECW Press
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Ben Field
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is probably closer to a 2.5 for me. It was well researched and put together, but it’s really just a collection of interview clippings detailing the recording process of the various albums Rick Rubin has worked on.

I think I would’ve enjoyed this more if I was a bigger fan of many of the albums explored, but I’m not a huge rock fan and there was a LOT of metal guitarists talking about what amps they used. That’s not really Rick Rubin in the studio though is it? I’m interested in learning abo
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Da amante della musica (e di ciò che nel tempo ha creato Rick Rubin, partendo dalla Def Jam in poi) , ho adorato questo libro e spiega veramente quella che la sua idea di musica.
Mi sono piaciuti particolarmente gli aneddoti sui Beastie Boys, anche se sono di parte. Ma da bassista scegliere solo un gruppo da quelli da lui prodotti mi sembra riduttivo.
Ho apprezzato anche gli episodi sui Red Hot Chili Peppers, ma a mio dire qualcuno poteva essere messo da parte per raccontare altre vicende da stud
William Willis
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Failed to realize this book wasn't actually written by Rick Rubin himself which is my only draw back and the only reason I haven't finished it.

However Jake Brown delivers the bird's eye view of the prolific career of one of the best, if not the best, producers in all of the music industry. With excerpts from various interviews and quotes from those close/worked with Rick Rubin, all weaved together in a chronological timeline, follow in great detail the success of Rick Rubin.

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Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Hugely readable (more like a 4 star on that level), but the book is not so much 'authored' as compiled from various magazine articles written by others. ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very stark contrast between what I expected and what I got. Focused more as a career biography than a look inside methods and concepts. I guess that's for some people, just not what I had in mind. ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
so inspiring and a lot of information
Blog on Books
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
In the course of observing the rock based recordings of the late 20th Century, two names keep surfacing when it comes to exemplary album production. Brian Eno and Rick Rubin. Between the two of them, they have been responsible for some of the biggest and best selling albums of the rock era. Eno with his work on bands like U2, Coldplay and the Talking Heads, and Rubin with everyone from the Beastie Boys to the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Tom Petty to Metallica.

Yet, as much as they are icons of rock p
Dave Mason
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, fast read. Really focuses on the great albums he has produced; not a ton on his background, growing up etc., which can sometimes bog down a book at the start. Rubin has produced some beauties, such as Beattie boys licensed to ill, run dmc raising hell, slayer reign in blood, the cult electric, red hot chili peppers blood sugar sex magic, Johnny cash, system of a down etc. The chapters essentially cover an album and u get some good insight in the mood of the band, how the songs came to ...more
J. Best
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
As some others have said, its basically a quick easy read that intros Rubin's work, largely on an album by album basis. Quotes are largely taken from other sources, so at times it felt a little like reading a book report to me, but overall it gave a quick overview of Rubin's style -he wants to find the 'essence' of each artist and is willing to let them take as long as it takes, he's a guru, etc. - and has led me to find out more. I was a little surprised to find some of the more technical aspec ...more
Tony Espy
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rick Rubin has produced some of my favorite bands, and some that I don't care for all that much, but there's no denying his genius when it comes to making great records. This book gives a great overview of his career, and discusses the making of some of my personal favorites like RHCP's Blood Sugar Sex Magic, By The Way, and Stadium Arcadium, as well as his five records with Johnny Cash. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that the book is primarily based on existing material vs. firs ...more
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Solid compendium of one of the best producers in the music business. It's interesting to read how he gets the best from artists. A little too adulatory, though. It's basically a collection of "how great it was to work with Rick" quotes from 25 years worth of promotional interviews. Occasionally they'd hint that the working relationship with particular artists was less than stellar, but that's about as far as they'd go with it. The man's a genius and has produced some of the greatest albums of al ...more
Ian Carpenter
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Disappointing if you're looking for much about and from the man himself. Most of it is assembled from other sources, magazines mainly, and those quotes often get repetitive. It's weakly assembled, the writing a little poor and so much of it is focused on the bands he's recorded. A chapter on an album can go several pages with no mention of Rubin. I frankly felt like I learned more about what's fascinating about him from the few recurring visits Neil Strauss makes to him in The Truth (and that's ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
very interesting book. being a recording junkie id have rather really talked to rick asking him specific questions during the recording....or just been a fly on the wall for these sessions. however it wasn't really pretending to be that. very cool stories. definitely a good read for peeps who know that this guy has produced a ton of fantastic albums. ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Some good information and for the most part interesting. However, the chapters are very uneven as they are pulled from whatever MTV or interviews the author could get a hold of. If you're a RHCP fan there's a lot of info about the records they did with Rubin. ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I found the parts about Rick Rubin very interesting, until it turned in to more of a band bio. I skipped chapters on Linkin Park and System Of A Down and the Dixie Chicks, the book had become uninteresting at that point.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is constructed through quotes and attempts to shine a light on how one producer can be so influential and successful with so many diverse artists. It comes across as more of an overview of Rubin's work without providing any serious insight into his character. ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Very intereating read if you are a fan of his work. Focuses on mainly his begining then RHCP and Johnny Cash and skims over but lightly mentions others.
Radu Almăşan
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for Rick Rubin so five star from me. ...more
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