The explosive trio of punk-fueled rap artists known as the Beastie Boys would end up leaving quite the impression on both the mainstream music and pop culture at large for that matter, over their three-and-a-half decade run. Now, two of the surviving members of the New York group, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond will be releasing their first memoir titled “Beastie Boys Book,” which is set to arrive this fall on Oct. 30 (the day before Ad-Rock’s birthday, woo!).
According to the book’s pre-order page, the girthy publication stretches out to 592 pages. In addition to telling the story of how three punks from New York City became rap/rock heroes starting in the early 1970s and rolling into the 80s, 90s and 2000s, the book will also include rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook, a graphic novel, a map “of Beastie Boys’ New York,” mixtape playlists, submitted pieces by guest contributors and "many more surprises.” Those guest contributors include actress/comedian Amy Poehler, novelist Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, who directed numerous music videos for the band including 1994’s “Sabotage” (see above), Wes Anderson and writer Luc Sante.
“With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir,” it reads in the book’s product description. “Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill.”
Following a successful career that included hugely popular albums like Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and To the 5 Boroughs, the trio would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2012. Sadly, Adam "MCA" Yauch would die from cancer just a month later on May 4, 2012, and in 2014 the group announced to retire from performing out of respect for their fallen member.
Fans can click here to learn more about the upcoming publication of “Beastie Boys Book” prior to its October arrival.
I’m not sure if you remember, but a while ago we said we were gonna write a book about our band. Well, it’s almost done and it’s coming out soon. This is what it’s gonna look like. Kinda nice, right?— Beastie Boys (@beastieboys) May 15, 2018
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