The Creative Act - Rick Rubin

The Creative Act

By Rick Rubin

  • Release Date: 2023-01-17
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 246 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestseller.

"A gorgeous and inspiring work of art on creation, creativity, the work of the artist. It will gladden the hearts of writers and artists everywhere, and get them working again with a new sense of meaning and direction. A stunning accomplishment.” —Anne Lamott

From the legendary music producer, a master at helping people connect with the wellsprings of their creativity, comes a beautifully crafted book many years in the making that offers that same deep wisdom to all of us.


I set out to write a book about what to do to make a great work of art. Instead, it revealed itself to be a book on how to be.” —Rick Rubin

Many famed music producers are known for a particular sound that has its day. Rick Rubin is known for something else: creating a space where artists of all different genres and traditions can home in on who they really are and what they really offer. He has made a practice of helping people transcend their self-imposed expectations in order to reconnect with a state of innocence from which the surprising becomes inevitable. Over the years, as he has thought deeply about where creativity comes from and where it doesn’t, he has learned that being an artist isn’t about your specific output, it’s about your relationship to the world. Creativity has a place in everyone’s life, and everyone can make that place larger. In fact, there are few more important responsibilities.

The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we all can follow. It distills the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime’s work into a luminous reading experience that puts the power to create moments—and lifetimes—of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.

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Latest Impressions

  • The Creator’s Handbook - A Book For Everyone

    5
    By ItsDiode
    An amazing book that is essential for understanding the creative process and what it means to be an artist. How to overcome things too. I would highly recommend every artist of every type to read this book. In fact, I would recommend everyone to read this book. Everyone is creative and I think this book can really help everyone. Rick Rubin did an amazing job with this book. Such a great book to revisit or flip to a random page on and read. Just the right amount of information. It’s artfully written. A really wonderful read or listen. Thank you.
  • The Creative Act

    1
    By Seaboard2028
    I could only read the first 26 pages. Whereupon I received a notice that I had finished the book. There seems to be no way to get beyond this point. Nor is there any way I can find to report the problem. A great disappointment.
  • This should be a required reading

    5
    By yoshv001
    I really enjoyed reading this! What Rick explores can help anyone who takes an idea from inception to completion. I thought this was thorough, organized, palatable, and engaging.
  • Creativity

    5
    By ophorror
    Just keep going; when time or death is solved will creativity be the only thing left
  • Seminal

    5
    By Thebhgroove
    One of the most important books on creativity I’ve ever read.
  • Book

    5
    By woo vito
    Nice
  • As a songwriter

    5
    By emek9x
    amazing book to read as an artist. Tells a lot about the process and emotional stages of a project.
  • Superb, deep, incredibly insightful introspection on the act of creating, and the human experience

    5
    By EthFreed
    For any artist, or anyone who wishes to create art. I recommend this book over any other book I have read. I happen to know that it was developed over eight long years, after a lifetime of paying close attention, and it shows. To the author and his team. Thank you so very much for taking the time to put into words these ideas and experiences which are so intangible. In doing so you’ve given people the ability to perceive regularly what can take years of vigilance to get a glimpse of. Reading this book I have sobbed many times, not because of any explicit sadness, but because this book touches on things that are found so far within the depths of our experience. You’ve managed to pierce into the depths of my soul, Rick! And remind me.. we are a vessel. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. May God bring blessings upon you and your family. ~Ethan from Minnesota, US