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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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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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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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OMG!

So much you thought you knew...now I know I know nothing about them. Every emotion runs high in this book. So much nostalgia...so much amazing ♥️♥️♥️

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  • Karly
  • 09-12-2018

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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  • caine brimble
  • 17-11-2018

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig
  • 12-12-2018

OMG!

So much you thought you knew...now I know I know nothing about them. Every emotion runs high in this book. So much nostalgia...so much amazing ♥️♥️♥️

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  • Karly
  • 09-12-2018

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...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
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  • caine brimble
  • 17-11-2018

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Story
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  • Craig
  • 12-12-2018

OMG!

So much you thought you knew...now I know I know nothing about them. Every emotion runs high in this book. So much nostalgia...so much amazing ♥️♥️♥️