Beastie Boys Book

Adam Horowitz & Mike Di­a­mond FABER & FABER 550-page moth­er­lode mem­oir.

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At a time when hip-hop over­lords Run-DMC could res­cue ail­ing Aero­smith with Walk This Way, it made sense for a chaotic New York hard­core band to rein­vent it­self by em­brac­ing hip-hop as up­town’s par­al­lel DIY punk move­ment, putting their su­perbly hu­mor­ous hell­rais­ing punk spin on rap­ping to be­come cross­over chart-scorchers.

Dis­banded af­ter los­ing idiosyn­cratic Zen-like mo­ti­va­tor Adam Yauch to can­cer in 2012, Beastie Boys were a fre­quently mis­read phe­nom­e­non whose roller-coaster tale could be told only by sur­viv­ing mem­bers Adam ‘ADROCK’ Horowitz and Mike ‘Mike D’ Di­a­mond, and in Beastie Boys Book they present ev­ery as­pect of their evo­lu­tion from beer-guz­zling rap-urchins to sonic vi­sion­ar­ies, pub­lish­ing mag­nates and in­ter­net pi­o­neers. In­evitably the lyri­cal/mu­si­cal in­sights, Madonna sup­port spots, egg recipes, freaky dres­sup sprees and ri­otous anec­dotes, glo­ri­ously uproarious as they are, are over­shad­owed by Yauch’s pre­ma­ture ab­sence; his ac­tual pass­ing too painful for them to re­count.

ADROCK’s de­scrip­tion of Di­a­mond’s lu­di­crously spot-on en­core ap­parel at 2007’s

Bes­ti­val ap­pear­ance could be ap­plied to this su­perla­tive mem­oir: “hi­lar­i­ous and nec­es­sary”. Like the Beast­ies, it’s hap­haz­ardly per­fect, ev­ery­thing the true fan could have hoped for and more.

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