Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I: Media, Industry and Society
...A New York record company specializing in hip-hop, Def Jam was founded in 1984 by university student Rick Rubin and Rush Artist Management head and tyro (novice) producer Russell Simmons. The first release to feature the Def Jam logo...
...Among the “Four Horsemen,” along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, Slayer was a leading thrash metal band known for their fast and aggressive musical style, and arguably one of the most influential bands within their genre. Guitarists...
D.X. Ferris is a staff writer for Cleveland Scene. He freelances for Alternative Press, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He lives in Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...Issued on America’s premier rap label at the peak of the thrash metal movement, Slayer’s controversial Reign in Blood remains the gold standard for extreme heavy metal, a seamless 29-minute procession of ten blindingly fast, apocalyptic...
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