Beastie Boys unveil details of massive memoir
The Beastie Boys have revealed the details of their massive book, the aptly titled Beastie Boys Book, which will see publication on October 30th -- three years after the trio's surviving members, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond, signed a deal with Random House to pen what was then assumed to be a memoir.
Well, this is more than a memoir: the 592-page tome includes rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook from chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of New York according to the Beastie Boys, mixtape playlists, plus pieces by guest contributors including Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson and Amy Poehler, along with other surprises.
A description on the Beastie Boys’ website described Beastie Boys Book as “a panoramic experience” and “a book as unique as the band itself.”
It will cover the entirety of the group’s career through “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; their break with Def Jam and rebirth as musicians and social activists with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique."
Horovitz told us a while back that he never expected the Beastie Boys to last as long as they did: "I wasn't planning on any of this. You know, Beastie Boys started when we were literally 14-year-olds, like we were little people. Like, I always knew that I'd be friends with Adam and Mike, like it wasn't like -- I didn't think this would be a job or we'd make money."
The book will also touch on the band's later years, including the tragic death of Adam "MCA" Yauch in 2012 that brought the group to an end.
Story source: Consequence Of Sound