On Rick Rubin’s BEARD

by Josh Kimball

The New York Times magazine does an extensive story on Rick Rubin and the future of music. More importantly, it also offers incredible pictorial evidence of Rubin’s legendary beard. It may not technically be a talibeard, but it is impressive nonetheless.

A David Geffen quote is used to frame the issues faced by the music industry: “The music business, as a whole, has lost its faith in content. Only 10 years ago, companies wanted to make records, presumably good records, and see if they sold. But panic has set in, and now it’s no longer about making music, it’s all about how to sell music. And there’s no clear answer about how to fix that problem.”

Says Rubin: “Fear is making the record companies less arrogant. They’re more open to ideas. So, what’s important now is to find music that’s timeless.”