Def Jam25: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label
EMP presents Def Jam25, a lecture and book event celebrating 25 years of hip-hop's reining label.
Launched in 1984, Def Jam's roster created the sound of young America, from LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, to Ludacris, Kanye West, and Rihanna. An oral history comprised of interviews with the label's key artists and executives, and text complemented by images from some of the best-known photographers of the era, Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label is the first book to document the label as a whole. The Def Jam25 lecture series will be conducted by the co-authors of DEFinition: the Art and Design of Hip-Hop, and Def Jam Recordings founding staff members, journalist and biographer Bill Adler and creative director Cey Adams.
Adler has been a journalist, critic, publicist, biographer, archivist, label executive, curator, editor, film documentarian, and teacher. He is the former director of publicity for Russell Simmons' Rush Art Management, and from 2003 to 2007, ran the Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery, a pioneering art space centered on hip-hop photography. In 2004, Adler teamed up with Perry Films to write and produce the five-part historical documentary, And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop. Adler is the current director of the Adler Archive, a unique research library of hip-hop visual, audio, and literary material.
From 1984 to 1999 Adams was creative director at Def Jam Recordings, where he worked with Run-DMC, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Jay-Z. With partner Steve Carr, Adams ran the Drawing Board, a design firm that catered to clients such as Mary J. Blige, the Notorious B.I.G., the Geto Boyz, Ice Cube, and Sean "Diddy" Combs. Cey was a key consultant to EMP Museum during the conception and construction of their permanent hip-hop exhibit in 2000. In 2007 he curated Untitled: An Exhibition of Original Skateboard Art for the Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in New York.
$5 for EMP Members; $8 for general public
EMP Museum - JBL Theater (View)
325 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
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