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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

  1. Coke LaRock and Pioneering Hip Hop
  2. A Sample For “Christmas In Hollis”
  3. Run DMC and Aerosmith - Walk Which Way?
  4. Adler’s Christmas Favorites
  5. Bill’s comments on the whole interview!

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