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Returning guest Bill Adler is many things — music archivist, gallerist, head of PR for Def Jam at its creative apex — but he’s also a well-known Christmas music nut. After marrying into a Christian family, he started finding the best, most under-appreciated Christmas music he could, and putting it together into a compilation. He’s been sending his Christmas Jollies mixes to family and friends every year since the early 80s.
His mixes, despite having a relatively small circulation, have gotten tons of attention over the years. So we decided to talk to him about seasonal tunes, including his very important role in creating a certain holiday standard. He gave us insight into some key Christmas samples (Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis”, to name one), his own Christmas favorites, and more.
Annotated excerpts on Genius.com:
- Coke LaRock and Pioneering Hip Hop
- A Sample For “Christmas In Hollis”
- Run DMC and Aerosmith - Walk Which Way?
- Adler’s Christmas Favorites
- Bill’s comments on the whole interview!