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February 28, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Dixie Chicks made a rare U.S. concert appearance Thursday night as the headlining act at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. Held in a ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the evening doubled as a salute to the record producer Rick Rubin, who oversaw the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning 2006 album “Taking the Long Way” and Thursday received the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation....
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February 28, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Dixie Chicks made a rare U.S. concert appearance Thursday night as the headlining act at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. Held in a ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the evening doubled as a salute to the record producer Rick Rubin, who oversaw the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning 2006 album “Taking the Long Way” and Thursday received the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation....
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BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Veteran record producer Rick Rubin has cut a deal with Sony's Columbia Records Group to finance and distribute his American Recordings label, home to such acts as Johnny Cash and the Jayhawks. Under the deal, Rubin will produce and release a series of soundtrack albums culled from the hit Comedy Central cartoon show "South Park."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Rick Rubin has remained in the public eye for nearly 30 years now, a rare producer/executive/music enthusiast whose ubiquity hasn't diminished either his consistency or his image. Already in 2013, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, former president of Columbia Records, producer of as many flat-out classics as anyone, has been as present as ever due to his work with both Kanye West and Black Sabbath, and his appearance with Jay-Z in a recent ad campaign for a smartphone company. The sheer volume of contributions is overwhelming, and the evidence is on the mixtape “King of Rock: (Some of)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1992 | Heidi Siegmund\f7 and\f7 Steve Hochman
A controversial rap album that's been in limbo since the Ice-T "Cop Killer" controversy broke may finally get released. The album, by militant Bay Area rapper Paris, was originally planned for a September release by New York-based Tommy Boy Records. But in July, Tommy Boy canceled the plans at the urging of its parent company Time Warner--which took most of the heat for "Cop Killer."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
How embarrassing: Calendar prints n-i-n-e-t-e-e-n year-end Top 10 album lists and not one of them gives a nod to what may prove to be one of the most influential records of 1987--the "Less Than Zero" sound track. It's easy to see how the album was overlooked. It was released during a flood of year-end albums and many critics simply didn't get around to listening to it before submitting their ballots.
NEWS
December 3, 1992 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
OK, rock stars, you're at the Big Gig but the drummer is late because he had to have his foofoo haircut sandblasted. There's no dream date in the crowd and now the substitute bartender wants you to pay for beer. Then you start to play, and half the crowd leaves and the other half starts playing pool--what could be worse? Your mother-in-law with a subpoena? But wait--at this point, in walks Mr. Big from This Week's Nirvana Record Company.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
Heads turn as the large, imposing man with the long, unkempt hair and beard steps from a car just before midnight on a seedy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. The dozen or so people loitering around the entrance of a decaying building don't appear the types to be easily intimidated. They're mostly men in their 20s who look at the world with expressionless gazes--the epitome of L.A. street cool. But they clear a path for this visitor and whisper anxiously to each other as he walks past them into the building, which houses rows of ragged, low-budget rock 'n' roll rehearsal rooms.
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May 10, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
The lunch crowd at the Ivy on Robertson Boulevard is accustomed to celebrities, so there's only a faint ripple of curiosity among those at the sidewalk tables as a black Rolls-Royce pulls up. Heads turn noticeably, however, when a man with a long, unruly beard and menacing dark glasses steps from the car. The restaurant host isn't caught by surprise. He wastes no time in stepping forward. You don't fool around with power at the chic eatery.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1996 | Steve Hochman
Trent Reznor's teaming with David Bowie on a concert tour last year proved less than a rousing success, but the Nine Inch Nails leader is set to launch another joint venture. He and producer Rick Rubin, whose recent production credits include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty, are expected to work together on the next NIN album, with preproduction starting soon. The two have been close friends in recent years--Reznor frequently stays at Rubin's house when in L.A.
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October 31, 2010 | By Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Josh Groban got confused after exiting a subway station into Greenwich Village on a recent gorgeous fall day in New York. "I'm at Minetta Street and 6th Avenue," he told his lunch date on the phone, citing an intersection that doesn't quite exist. FOR THE RECORD: Josh Groban: An article about singer Josh Groban in the Oct. 31 Arts & Books section said that songwriter Dan Wilson collaborated on the Dixie Chicks album "Not Ready to Make Nice. " The name of the album was "Taking the Long Way. " Also, the article misspelled the word "click" as "clique" in one of Groban's quotes about why he wanted to take a new tack in his music.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Producer Rick Rubin took up a seat on a sofa on the patio of his expansive Malibu home overlooking the Pacific, emanating both gravity and joy while discussing his extraordinary decade-long relationship with Johnny Cash. It was the first full day of sun after yet another round of thunderstorms had pounded the Southland, a fitting parting of the clouds on the day Rubin spoke about one of the titans of 20th century music in the final years of his life. The final entry in their series of studio albums arrives Tuesday, "American VI: Ain't No Grave," yet despite the nod to mortality in the title, an acknowledgment of the closeness of death that runs through most of the album's 10 songs, Rubin insists that it wasn't created as Cash's swan song.
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June 8, 2008 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Jakob DYLAN has been waiting for this moment. He has four sons, and the older two are inching toward their teenage years. Over a lunch of black coffee in the Hollywood foothills the other day, he said he's made plans to become a stage dad, the best and most fervent that there ever was. He's going to enroll those boys in every arm of the performing arts he can think of, he said -- dancing and singing, instrumentation and songwriting.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
IT'S just past noon and Rick Rubin is about to start his workday. The New York native has already spent half an hour meditating and an equal time strolling around his Malibu neighborhood, caressed by the warm sun and ocean breeze. He's back in his 6,000-square-foot English Tudor country-style estate now, sitting cross-legged and barefoot on a living room sofa, slowly fingering some Buddhist prayer beads and listening to Mozart.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
NEIL DIAMOND laughs when asked how it feels suddenly to be hip again -- thanks this time to an album he has just finished with cutting-edge record producer Rick Rubin, who has worked with such indisputably cool artists as the Beastie Boys, System of a Down and Johnny Cash. "I'm a songwriter," Diamond says, sitting in a lounge at his office-studio complex in Los Angeles. "I'm not trying to be hip or nonhip.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2003 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Johnny CASH's death last month was a huge loss for many, not least among them Rick Rubin, the producer who talked the Man in Black into returning his music to its unvarnished basics. The result was four albums that rank among the country great's best work, from "American Recordings" in 1992 through last year's "American IV: The Man Comes Around."
BUSINESS
August 5, 1994 | JAMES BATES
A strange twist has developed in an already-bitter battle involving maverick record producer Rick Rubin, who wants to get out of a venture his American Recordings has with a unit of PolyGram to sell his records overseas. Rubin has sued in Los Angeles to break a venture with PolyGram's London-based Phonogram unit, arguing that it hasn't properly sold albums by his artists, which include the Black Crowes. He also claims he's owed nearly $14 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN
Rick Rubin's not about to tell you which new bands he wants to sign because he doesn't want to tip off the competition. He finds it hard enough to even go out to clubs to check out acts because his presence at a showcase can trigger a bidding war. The thinking: If Rubin is interested, there must be something there. But Rubin did agree to offer some insight into his thinking by giving us some of the established acts he'd love to work with.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2001 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of 2001, Calendar brought together three pairs of high-profile creators and administrators from disparate parts of the entertainment and arts world to candidly discuss issues of the day. In this first installment, "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf sat down with Grammy-winning record producer Rick Rubin to reflect on a year's worth of controversy over content that stretched from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. Are artists' rights in danger?
BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Veteran record producer Rick Rubin has cut a deal with Sony's Columbia Records Group to finance and distribute his American Recordings label, home to such acts as Johnny Cash and the Jayhawks. Under the deal, Rubin will produce and release a series of soundtrack albums culled from the hit Comedy Central cartoon show "South Park."
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