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Beastie Boys Book

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Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer 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; that album's messy fallout; and their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique. For more than 20 years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.

With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find pieces by guest contributors and many more surprises.  

Readers:

Steve Buscemi, Ada Calhoun, Bobby Cannavale, Exene Cervenka, Roy Choi, Jarvis Cocker, Elvis Costello, Chuck D, Nadia Dajani, Michael Diamond, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, Crosby Fitzgerald, Randy Gardner, Kim Gordon, Josh Hamilton, Adam Horovitz, LL Cool J, Spike Jonze, Pat Kiernan, Talib Kweli, Dave Macklovitch, Rachel Maddow, Tim Meadows, Bette Midler, Mix Master Mike, NAS, Yoshimi O, Rosie Perez, Amy Poehler, Kelly Reichardt, John C. Reilly, Ian Rogers, Maya Rudolph, Rev Run, Luc Sante, Kate Schellenbach, MC Serch, Chloe Sevigny, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Wanda Sykes, Jeff Tweedy and Philippe Zdar. 

Design: Purtill Family Business with Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz 

Case photograph: © 1987 Lynn Goldsmith  

©2018 Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz (P)2018 Faber Audio

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The Illest Communication

Not really taken to audiobooks before, same goes for ebooks. I'm too much of an old school elitist. Give me something to hold on to, with the familiar smell of paper and that sound each page makes when you flip it over.
I had to have this one. I'm reading the hardcover edition and it's so enthralling, so warm and witty and engaging, getting the audiobook was a no-brainer.
And damn, if it isn't just a perfect reinterpretation of the book.
The wit is there, found in the careful and respectful tones of all these awesome cats. Makes me smile hearing Beastie contemporaries and fellow musicians like Chuck D, Nas, Jarvis Cocker, Kim Gordon, Elvis Costello et al, imbuing the words written by Mike D and Adrock with just as much anecdotal passion as the original texts.
Add to that luminaries like Steve Buscemi, Will Ferrell, Chloe Sevigny, who aren’t just equally talented entertainers, but also fans who sound rapt to be lending their voices to a tremendous story.
I've found myself reading both in sections. I'll consume a chunk of the book, then bring up the audio and hear it read aloud right after. I can't put either down for very long.
It's the imagery of 70's/early 80's New York come to life. The stink of the streets, the sounds of the traffic, the chords of the hardcore punk, the tentative scratches of the early hip-hop pioneer DJs. It's all in these magnificent tales woven from the Boys' memories.
And then there's Yauch. Eulogising a lost loved one is a difficult slope, because the temptation is to romanticise the person beyond the reality. There's no fear of that here. Yauch is immortalised as real as they come. It's the absolute, unwavering love these guys have for him, had for him, always will have for him that makes his many references come to life. Make him come to life. This book may be written by D and Adrock, but Yauch is right there with them, on every page. Triple Trouble, like always.
If you like these guys, even just a little bit, even just for a couple of their songs, I guarantee you'll tear up over the way they pay respects to their brother.
And if you love the Beastie Boys, then you should be downloading this already.
God, I can't rate this high enough.

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BEST AUDIO BOOK EVER

The first book I’ll listen to more than once. So good. Hooked from start to end, even the credits were entertaining...

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Definitely worth the listen

to be honest I'm not the biggest beastie boy fan but truely enjoyed this book. definitely inspired me to listen to all their albums in greater detail and with much more respect for their effort.

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  • Lee
  • 19-12-2018

hard to follow.

It's a good story but really hard to follow because of too many different narrators.

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what a great read

what a cast that read this book! so much information, brought back a lot of memories from listening to the b.boys when I was younger. it was funny, sad and will be a very memorable read. have since bought the hard copy and can't wait to look at all the pictures! wasn't too long at all as the chapters were short. RIP MCA. Well done Ad Rock. Mike D and the rest of the crew!

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Listen to this even if you have read the book.

There was nothing I disliked about this audiobook. The performances from the cast were great. A must for any early 90’s teenager or any beasties fan.

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Automated robot voice for big chunks

Don't trust the sample. Automated digital voice is the whole of chapter 2. I hated it so much I stopped listening.

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Amazing

Any fan of the Beastie Boys will love this amazing Audiobook version. It's an experience unlike any other.

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  • ash
  • Brisbane, Qld, Australia
  • 01-01-2019

What a ride

As someone who grew up listening to the Beastie Boys, it was great to hear their story. I had no idea about so many things in this book! It was a great read from start to finish. At some point I will have to go through it again to make sure I didn't miss any little nuggets of awesomeness.

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  • J
  • 29-12-2018

its the beastie boys but on a personal level ..

you will love it peace MCA R.I.P THANK YOU ADAM MIKE FOR DETAILS TO YOU PRIVATE LIFE THORTS FEELINGS..MORE SO A INSIGHT TO MCA

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  • C A Davies
  • 27-02-2019

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great story telling, loved it throughout and the guest narrators were awesome. really enjoyed the early parts about growing up as a punk in new York

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  • M. Siebenhaar
  • 09-02-2019

Genius

Straight genius. No more no less. Best audiobook ever. I mean it. Seriously. Come on.

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  • Claire
  • 01-11-2018

Audio book ill communication.<br />I loved it

It shouldn't come as a surprise to any fans that Beastie Boys have delivered an innovative, open, funny memoir, full of geeky detail to delight in.

However, this is more than that.
Unlike most, this is not an audio version after thought; quite the opposite.
Reading a paper version would mean you'd miss out on the extraordinary delivery from a full, and exceptional cast.

Disclaimer: I love this band, so am totally biased... but still, if you are remotely interested, do yourself a favour and get this audiobook!

It will leave you wanting to reconnect with your record collection, and your old friends.

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  • Matthew Tassell
  • 05-12-2018

Fantastic Beasties (and where to find them)

This is a wonderful book. An honest, charming and insightful scrapbook of adventures, ideas and dumb funny stuff that will make you laugh your bum off. The cast of voices (an insanely impressive and eclectic lineup) takes the delivery to another place when compared to other audible music bios (make that all audiobooks ever). It’s a wonder audiobooks bother with just one author when this smorgasbord of a-list voices proves such fun. Every single performance is a bonafide smash. Each one delivered with heart and evident love for the Beasties. I particularly enjoyed Amy Poehler’s video rundown and Jarvis Cockers’ delivery of Ad-Rock’s first visit to London. Every chapter bursts with ideas and the way in which the delivery constantly twists and turns in tone and style perfectly mirrors the Beastie’s raison d'être. The whole thing is made all the more poignant by the Yauch-shaped hole at the centre of it. Mike and Adam paint a moving and fitting portrait of the silent player in their collective story. And so this book proves to be a beautifully creative, powerful articulation of the legacy they leave. I loved it so much I went out and bought the actual book just to see the snaps Spike Jonze was banging on about. Read it. It’s a solid gold hit.

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  • D Brewster
  • 01-11-2018

My First Audiobook

I doubt there will be a better Audiobook made. Funny, silly, profound, enlightening, and nerdy. As with their music The Beastie Boys set the gold standard for everyone to follow. Thanks Adam, Mike, and the narrators and contributors and most of all thanks Yauch.

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  • Mr. G. J. Matthews
  • 07-12-2018

Long awaited insight!

I’ve been waiting for years for the beasties to write this book. True memoirs and some fantastic stories. I’ve been a fan since ‘licensed to ill’ and liked them more when I was told ‘they are a bad influence, no you can’t listen to them’! Fantastic listen. RIP YAUCH

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  • Gary wright
  • 07-12-2018

Great read.

This book took me on a journey right through my youth and beyond, evoking memories, times and places. Recommended read. RIP Yauch

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  • Laird Sutherland
  • 04-12-2018

Thee New Standard in AudioBooks

If you’ve never listened to Audible and plan on doing so...? Please do not read this book! It will ruin every other book you ever listen to... Like your first hit of Heroine, you’ll be chasing the natural highs and start to crave another chapter, wondering who is going to be reading next! Instant addiction! The Beastie Boys book is simply essential to any and all music fans, history fans and people that like like a laugh! This book is sad, funny, inspiring and very emotional! You’ll be so surprised how quickly you absorb everything from the Audible version! Personal favourite Guest Reader: John. C. Riley! He absolutely loves it! Already ‘forcing’ the missus to listen to it, now...! First sitting was over 2 hours...! She’s loving it, too! The Beastie Boys Book is an absolute Instant Classic! R.I.P. Adam Yauch/MCA/Nathaniel Hörnblówer/Inspiration to us all...! XxX

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  • David
  • 03-12-2018

Hands down one of the besy

this is without doubt one of the all time greatest audio books showing love and respect to the end. Essential

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  • mr glen ryan
  • 30-11-2018

A biography of the beastie boys and homage to growing up in the 80’s and 90’s

This is the best performed audiobook you will ever hear, Adam and Mike along with all the guest readers have had this as polished and unpolished as a Beastie album. You will be laughing, crying, reminiscing. It will bring back memories of your own childhood, and grab a notebook because it drops lots of knowledge you’re gonna want to remember.

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  • Mr. Dan L
  • 29-11-2018

A must listen!

Highly recommended! Just brilliant! I didn't want this to end and I'll be buying the book for my coffee table! An absolute must for any fan of the group!

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  • Kid Ooshi
  • 22-11-2018

The New Style

Always ones to push the boundaries, the remaining B-Boys deliver a uniquiqe Audiobook. Instead of the usual narration featuring one or two voices, they’ve called upon a cast of thousands from Chuck D to Jarvis Cocker to help narrate this. There’s even a little background music on some chapters which all helps reshape the standard audiobook format.

The book itself is very insightful and answered a lot of questions for me and gave a really good insight into a band I’ve followed since 80’s. From new wave punks, to frat boys, to running Grand Royale and just about everything else it’s all told in this dope 12 hour tale.

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