Beastie Boys Book


It’s been too long since a gen­er­a­tion of fans heard from their cool, older broth­ers in Beastie Boys. In their prime, the Beast­ies were the ul­ti­mate crate-dig­gers and tastemak­ers, cop­ping only the finest sam­ples and mu­si­cal styles to cre­ate their own unique thing. Sur­viv­ing mem­bers Michael Di­a­mond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) re­con­vene to re­flect upon their life and work with Beastie Boys Book, and to pay trib­ute to their brother, the late mu­si­cian, film­maker and cre­ative driv­ing force Adam Yauch (MCA), who passed away in 2012. The re­sult is a poignant, hi­lar­i­ous, time­trav­el­ling and awe-in­spir­ing mix­tape for your eyes.

The story of the Beast­ies and their sound(s) is ul­ti­mately also about the cities they lived in when they were work­ing. Be­ing in NYC when hard­core and hip-hop first ap­peared meant they could quickly go from wit­nesses to par­tic­i­pants, and those for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ences were part of their core for­ever. In Los An­ge­les, they were ex­posed to new pro­duc­tion tech­niques and ob­scure jazz and trop­icália records that also in­formed and al­tered their own aes­thetic, which ul­ti­mately made them as in­flu­en­tial on pop cul­ture of their era as the Bea­tles were on theirs.

Then there is Yauch, who is miss­ing and missed. Di­a­mond and Horovitz share many sto­ries about their driven, in­ge­niously ex­per­i­men­tal brother, and it’s no won­der they haven’t pub­licly rapped since los­ing him; they lit­er­ally did ev­ery­thing to­gether. The fact that the Beast­ies were a gen­uine col­lec­tive comes through on ev­ery rev­e­la­tory, amus­ing and heart­felt page of Beastie Boys Book. (Spiegel & Grau)

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