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Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

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I loved it so much I went out and bought the actual book just to see the snaps Spike Jonze was banging on about. This book does chronicle the shenanigans most casual readers may expect from the Beastie Boys, but being that this book is a gargantuan 600-page Beastie tome, I don't believe it was intended for a casual reader. But really, all of them did a fantastic job and a lot of times they were laughing right along with the stories or Mike D would cut in on Ad-Rock's story and vice versa. Next I downloaded the eReader version from my library to check out the pictures referenced throughout. 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; that album's messy fallout; and their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique.

With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir.Memoir, graphic novel, cookbook, photo-journal, love letter, elegy: this vast, unwieldy, marvellous book, narrated, like the band’s songs, scatter-gun style by the two surviving Beastie Boys, is as original, uncategorisable and attention-grabbing as their music.

So many voices and stories tell the rich and moving tale of the journey of the NYC punks from rappers to musical mischief makers.

But I was most moved by what I learned about Yauch, about what an amazing person he was, still being taught by this band, at age 42, who not to trust, where to spend my money, by what acts and non-acts I’ll be remembered. Whilst damning the album with disinterest, the author of the review reflects on some soup they are making for a social gathering that evening. Really evocative descriptions help transport you to that place and time, it's certainly the best part of the book. That does not, however, mean that he wasn't just as much of a crazy mofo as his two cohorts and this book is packed to the gills with one ridiculous and outlandish story after another of these three punk kids running around NYC and having a blast doing it. As an avid music lover I really liked the details of the club scenes and of interactions with several bands at the time at the time may have been obscure, but were destined to become mainstream in the years to come.

This is an absolute gem and insight into their lives and how they became the biggest hip hop group in the world. It is also a love letter to Adam Yauch, the group's driving force, who sadly died of cancer in 2012, which is when the group ended.

Alongside their narrative history, the book presents 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. It seems an honest portrayal of how they met, grew, and evolved over the years into the bestselling rap group of all-time, and one of only five rap groups in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's a love letter to friendship, to music (all of it), to New York City, to beat-up musical gear, to mixtapes, to exploration. In its images and fractured mini-chapters, this book continues with the style of those early collaborations, unfortunaely minus the influence of Yauch.

It really is musical anthropology and I learned quite a bit about the process and the business and was amazed these three just went for it and let the chips fall where they may on numerous occasions. Dave who would later run into Yauch and had come out as trans but also had cancer and wanted to live out her days in the body she was meant to have. I'm now going to delve into their back catalogue to fully discover a band I really should have discovered years ago. But the audiobook is well-narrated by a mix of the band members, essay authors, and other contemporaries and celebrities who seem to simply be fans (for example, Will Ferrell brilliantly reads the fake album review mentioned above). The late MCA is at the forefront, which is nice since he couldn't contribute for the obvious reasons and there is ever-present a nice warmth of the two remembering their friend.And—I don’t know how I have not already said this—there are at least a hundred laugh-out-loud funny stories in this book. Reilly, Ian Rogers, Maya Rudolph, Rev Run, Luc Sante, Kate Schellenbach, MC Serch, Chloe Sevigny, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Wanda Sykes, Jeff Tweedy and Philippe Zdar. I mean, I'm not going to perpetrate and say I've been a Beasties fan since always cuz that's a damn lie. but as I progressed through the book and nearly every story made me literally laugh out loud it quickly got my attention that this was something special. Through short anecdotes/essays detailing the Beasties Boys (beginnings, middles, and unfortunately, ending) this is really the story of three punk rock boys, using NYC as their playground and what they accomplished.



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