They started out in 1981 as a most unlikely hip hop act from New York City. With members Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, The Beastie Boys became one of those rare acts that influenced a generation of artists and will likely impact artists in generations to come.
After a big break touring with Madonna in 1985 and the subsequent release of their debut album “License to Ill”, The Boys had a string of classic albums and performances for over 25 years until the tragic and untimely death of Adam Yauch in 2012. As expected, Mike D and Ad-Rock confirmed in 2014 they would no longer continue as the Beastie Boys.
As a tribute to their late friend and to chronicle the wild and dynamic career of the band, Mike D and Ad-Rock have recently released “The Beastie Boys Book”, an unorthodox and wildly entertaining 592 page odyssey that dives deep into the story of the legendary band.
The format and content of the book reflects what has truly what has made this band so endearing to fans for so long. It’s honest, funny, unique and just damn cool. It’s an intimate telling of the band’s journey but is almost formatted as the group’s scrapbook. It includes old photographs, comics and interesting graphic design. If you are looking for the usual rock bio, you won’t find it here. It also includes contributions from others, including the writers Jonathan Lethem, Ada Calhoun and Colson Whitehead, the comedian/actress Amy Poehler and assorted fellow musicians.
The book truly reflects the identify of the brand. It’s fun, unique and at times, it challenges the reader. If you’re a fan of the Beastie Boys, you should definitely get this book. If you aren’t a fan of the Beastie Boys, you should stream Paul’s Boutique and then definitely get this book.