In 1990, Field and partner Jimmy Iovine created Interscope Records. One of the most innovative labels in the music business, Interscope Records has achieved platinum-selling success with artists such as Eminem, No Doubt, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, The Wallflowers, Smash Mouth, BLACKstreet, 2Pac, Nine Inch Nails, Bush, 4 Non Blondes, etc. In 1999, Universal's acquisition of Polygram resulted in an Interscope-led record group, headed by Field and Iovine, which included such venerable labels as Geffen and A&M. Field sold Interscope Records to Universal in 2001 and became Chairman of online music company ARTISTdirect, Inc. and launched a new record label, ARTISTdirect Records, with a diverse roster including hip-hop, rap, alternative and rock artists.
Born Frederick Woodruff Field, Field grew up in Chicago, Illinois and Anchorage, Alaska. At 21, he permanently settled in Southern California.
Until 1984, Field was a co-owner of Field Enterprises, Inc. a media conglomerate that owned numerous television stations and the Chicago Sun Times newspaper, as well as Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, a large real estate company. The company also acquired Panavision Incorporated from Warner Communications, Inc. Panavision was ultimately sold in 1987. In addition, Field has been an investor in partnerships formed for the purpose of acquiring control of public corporations, among which was the acquisition of Crown Zellerbach Corporation.
Field's extensive philanthropic work includes support for organizations ranging from American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, The Sundance Institute, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Rainforest Foundation, The Los Angeles Music Center and the Rape Treatment Center.
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