Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin (; born March 10, 1963) is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons, he is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and also established American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Geto Boys, and Run-DMC, Rubin helped popularize hip hop music.In 2007, MTV called him "the most important producer of the last 20 years", and the same year, Rubin appeared on Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Frederick Jay Rubin was born in Long Beach, New York and grew up in Lido Beach, New York. His father, Michael (Mickey), was a shoe wholesaler and his mother Linda a housewife. He is of Jewish descent. While a student at Long Beach High School he befriended the school's audiovisual department director Steve Freeman who gave him a few lessons in guitar playing and songwriting.He then played in a band with childhood friends, performing at garage and school shows for town friends until a teacher helped him create a punk band called The Pricks. Their biggest claim to fame was being thrown off the stage at CBGB after two songs for brawling with the heckling audience, who were friends of the band instructed to instigate a confrontation so as to get the show shut down and create a buzz. Although he had no authority in New York City, Rubin's father traveled from Nassau County, New York, to Manhattan wearing his Long Beach auxiliary police uniform as he attempted to "shut down" the show.
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Paul McCartney sits down for a rare in-depth one-on-one with legendary producer Rick Rubin to discuss his ground breaking work with The Beatles, the epitome of the 70s arena rock of Wings and his 50 y...
Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne
From his childhood in poverty and time in prison, to fronting metal band Black Sabbath, to a successful solo career and a lovable 21st century television dad, the man known as "Ozzy" has personified r...
Truth to Power
The Grammy-winning lead singer of System of a Down, Serj Tankian helps to awaken a political revolution on the other side of the world, inspiring Armenia's struggle for democracy through his music and...
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The lens of legendary music producer Rick Rubin gives an intimate look at the creative process.
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The Shop: Uninterrupted
A one-of-a-kind barbershop experience with discussion and debate from some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
An intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a- half rise, while documenting their present-day collaboration with renowned producer Rick Rubi...
I Am Johnny Cash
I am Johnny Cash is a celebration of the larger-than-life Johnny Cash from the unique perspective of the Man in Black's greatest songs the 'essentials'. Each song brings to life a chapter in the story...
The inspiring story of the Roland TR808, from the creation of Planet Rock which established it as a dynamic modern instrument, to how it defined hip hop and modern dance culture, through to its contin...
Johnny Cash: American Rebel
Johnny Cash: American Rebel is built around 12 essential Johnny Cash tracks spanning four decades that each deliver the passion, musicality and messages against war, injustice, racism and prejudice, i...
Black Sabbath: 13
The making of the reunion album '13', featuring original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, with Brad Wilk on drums. Rick Rubin oversees the album's production.
Digital change has allowed people that have no place in music to become stars, exploring the history of Sound City and their huge recording device. David Grohl is trying to get the studio back to its ...
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das
Krishna Das is on a journey to India to discover legendary spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba, through drug addiction and depression, to his eventual emergence as a world-famous Kirtan singer.
Jim Jones - This Is Jim Jones
This is Jim Jones documentary is a well documented film about the rise and fall of rapper Jim Jones. From the moment that I saw the trailer on the internet I knew I had to have a copy. From their spl...
Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight
Californian sextet Linkin Park simultaneously took inspiration from and expanded upon the hybrid of heavy rock, hip-hop, and electronics that made such bands as Korn and Limp Bizkit so successful at t...
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich and packed with rare concert footage and home movies, this documentary explores the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty's famous collaborations an...
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
Shut Up and Sing is a documentary about the country band from Texas called the Dixie Chicks and how one tiny comment against President Bush dropped their number one hit off the charts and caused fans ...
Johnny Cash: The Last Great American
This first major retrospective of Cash's life, times and music features contributions from his daughter Rosanne Cash and son John Carter Cash, his longtime manager Lou Robin and fellow musicians inclu...
Fade to Black
An intimate look at hip-hop artist Shawn Carter, Jay-Z, revealing the multipleGrammy Award winning artist as never before, from his background and rise to fame to the recording of his last album. Jay-...
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
The documentary is about a band. Through a mixture of archival footage, archival and new interviews with all members of the band's various lineups, and new interviews with a number of their contempora...
The Cult: Pure Cult Anthology 1984-1995
An amazing video collection for any fan, covering all eras from Dreamtime through The Cult. This DVD includes an early TV appearance with "Spiritwalker", live performances of "Go West", "In the Clouds...
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks
Funky Monks is the title of a 1991 documentary about the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and the recording of their highly successful 1991 Warner Bros album. Blood Sugar Sex Magik is a novel. Rubin is...
Tougher Than Leather
Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who murdered their friend. Along the way, they encounter racist bikers, blonde bimbos, and the Beast...
Run-DMC and The Fat Boys were managed by Russell Walker. Run-D.M.C is on. Russell borrowed a street hustler's hit record because he needed more money to press more copies, but soon regretted his decis...
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