Beastie Boys Book is “their story, told for the first time in the words of the band.” Beastie Boys first announced the book back in 2013 after the death of Adam Yauch. Today they posted the book will be out on October 30th. Pre order here.
The memoir will talk about the group coming up in New York City in 1981 as a hardcore band and moving to their unlikely rise as pioneers in hip hop. The 592 page book will also dive into the success of their debut album, Licence to Ill. There will be stories of the iconic album Paul’s Boutique, collaborations with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, signing with Def Jam, leaving Def Jam, moving to Los Angeles. The memoir promises to be a “panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself.”
Then there are a few unorthodox goodies included like a cook book by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, guest contributions (Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more), a map of the Beastie’s New York City, and playlists.
In an interview with Beat 1 earlier in the year, Mike D said, “I think a lot of times when I read a band book or I watch a music documentary, maybe I’m just kind of ADD, I get a little bored. But actually, I don’t think they do the subject matter justice because it’s kinda surreal what happens in bands’ lives, so you kind of have to use all dimensions to tell the story more accurately. I can say pretty confidently, it will be unlike any other music book.”
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