Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC

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Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC

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An insider’s account written by Bill Adler, Run-DMC’s original publicist, “Tougher Than Leather” was hailed by the Village Voice’s Harry Allen as “a definitive, insightful text” when it was first published in 1987.  Its reissue by Consafos Press in 2002 was covered by Rolling Stone’s Jon Caramanica, who suggested the book “might well be the most comprehensive biography ever written about a pop act while it was still in its prime.”  "Tougher Than Leather:  The Rise of Run-DMC" remains an essential account of Run-DMC’s earliest and most impactful years, the ones that won induction for the pioneering hiphoppers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

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There's no discussing the legacy of rap music without mentioning Def Jam Recordings, and there's no discussing Def Jam without mentioning Bill Adler. Bill Adler was the original Director of Publicity at Def Jam from 1984 to 1990, working with the likes of LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and EPMD, as well as with Run DMC and Whodini under Russell Simmons's Rush Artist Management.