Run-DMC Bio Returns To Print, DMC Signs With Def Jam

The only book length biography written about

Run-DMC is returning to print in a new edition. Originally published by New

American Library as a paperback during the spring of 1987, the book is a detailed

account of the groups childhood in Hollis, Queens and their rise to worldwide


The book also has detailed stories of such rappers

as Kurtis Blow, Whodini, The Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, all of whom were managed

by Russell Simmons' Rush Artist Management. Along with the artists stories,

there are stories about the business brains behind Def Jam, Rick Rubin and Russell

Simmons and Lyor Cohen.

The book also features 12 pages of rare photos

and a new introduction by the author, Bill Adler, who wrote it during a brief

leave of absence from his day job as Director of Publicity for Rush Artist Management

and Def Jam Recordings. "Run, DMC, and Russell Simmons have all written

their own books in recent years," notes Adler. "But none of them concentrates

in detail on the glory days of Run-DMC. 'Tougher Than Leather' does."

In related news, Run-DMC will release an 18 track

greatest hits album in November and the group is currently recording material

for their untitled album.

DMC recently inked a deal with Def Jam, which

will release his solo album Checks, Thugs and Rock & Roll.