Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

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Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" 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 debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill--and the album's messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam "MCA" Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys' New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys followed a path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond reveal their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers through their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of their albums; and more. The band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture, and their book exhibits a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album. -- adapted from information supplied.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995541
0812995546
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 Mike D
Characteristics: 571 pages :,illustrations (some color), color map ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Horovitz, Adam

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OPL_DavidD Apr 25, 2019

A fun and self aware book, like you should expect from Mike D and Ad-Rock. Full of anecdotes, side stories, and interesting details, you get a good idea what was in their heads over the years and how they created such interesting music. A must for fans, but there is a lot in there for anyone who wants a first hand account of collaborative creativity.

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sfmikebolger
Jan 17, 2019

A labor of love and a scrapbook collecting a lifetime of pranks, stories, apologies, and very unique accomplishments. Written for the twitter generation with very short, easy to digest chapters. I really like how it’s written; with Mike or Adam writing a chapter but also the other Beastie having rebuttal paragraphs in each other’s chapter. They write a lot like how they rap, where the finish each other’s sentences.

A brick of a book that sets the new standard of what to expect from band autobiographies.

DBRL_EricS Dec 05, 2018

A sampling of things the Beastie Boys "got more rhymes than": Phyllis Diller, JD's got Salinger, Jamaica's got mangoes, Carl Sagan's got turtlenecks, [they've] got grey hairs, your whole crew.
R.I.P. MCA

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