#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more. 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 “ADROCK” 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 debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill—and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible 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 rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises. Praise for Beastie Boys Book “This entertaining look at Beastie Boys history is as innovative and raucous as the band’s music.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Beastie Boys fans will devour this book, as will anyone interested in the early days of hip-hop, the art/music/street life of New York City in the 1980s, and the alternative-nation zeitgeist of the ’90s.”—Kirkus Reviews
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A concise musical biography traces the Beastie Boys' story from the New York punk scene through a blockbuster career that spans more than 20 years. * A timeline captures key events in the life of the band and its members * Photos show the band members and their performances * A selected discography reviews the band's work over the years
The improbable rise to the top of one of hip-hop's most influential and consistently creative groups, from their controversial early days rhyming and stealing in a burnt-out New York City, to the trio's unlikely maturation as high-profile activists for Tibetan human rights, ending with the untimely death from cancer of founding member MCA aka Adam Yauch just as the group was elevated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A story about three nice middle-class Jewish boys who brought hip-hop to the masses, forged a template for contemporary hipster style worldwide and continue to serve as a byword for musical integrity and innovation, proof positive that even in the age of American Idol, you can still sell millions of albums by marching to your own unique beat.
In 1987, three Jewish boys from New York forever changed the face of pop music. Their first album, Licensed to III and its smash hit single, (You've Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party) created a fresh new sound by blending hip-hop beats with a rock edge and punk attitude, in the process helping to bring hip-hop into the mainstream. Further albums have continued to push musical boundaries while confirming their position as one of the most influential musical groups of our time. And more than just chart-topping musicians, their unwavering commitment to Tibetan freedom and the plight of the Tibetan people has informed and inspired millions. Through a career that has had its share of ups and downs, the Beastie Boys have remained best friends and musical visionaries. This exciting new biography traces the group's transformation from radio-ready brats to elder statesmen of hip-hop.
Starer's Piano Sonata No. 3, composed and published in 1994, for the advanced pianist.
Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album-an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group's career. But not only did Paul's Boutique eventually transform the Beasties from a frat-boy novelty to hiphop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.
Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. From swilling beer and swiping VW badges to universal respect and hanging out with the Dalai Lama, no one has taken a musical journey to rival that of the Beastie Boys. MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock are assured a place in rock's pantheon, and yet still they divide their time between saving the world and creating incredible records like Licensed To Ill, Ill Communication and Check Your Head. This Pocket Essential reviews each of the act's albums and features exclusive interviews with friends and collaborators. The book also details the band's birth, their transformation from hard-core punks to break beat kings, and controversies ranging from the outrageous stage shows of their early days to their clashes with everyone from The Prodigy to The People's Republic of China.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 44. Chapters: Beastie Boys albums, Beastie Boys members, Beastie Boys songs, Beastie Boys discography, Light My Fire, Hello Nasty, Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, To the 5 Boroughs, Check Your Head, MCA, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, Ill Communication, The Mix-Up, Money Mark, Sabotage, Mix Master Mike, Intergalactic, No Sleep till Brooklyn, Sure Shot, Jimmy James, Ad-Rock, Amery Smith, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right, Mario Caldato, Jr., Mike D, Hey Ladies, Shadrach, Paul Revere, Kate Schellenbach, DJ Hurricane, Gunnin' for That No. 1 Spot, Ch-Check It Out, So What'cha Want, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, 59 Chrystie Street, Body Movin', Doctor Dr, Lee Majors Come Again, Hold It, Now Hit It, Pass the Mic, Alfredo Ortiz, Root Down, Shake Your Rump, Three MC's and One DJ/Remote Control, High Plains Drifter, The Sounds of Science, Gratitude, 3-Minute Rule, Egg Man, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun, B-Boy Bouillabaisse, Get It Together, Johnny Ryall, The Negotiation Limerick File, An Open Letter to NYC, Triple Trouble, Car Thief, A.W.O.L., Professor Booty, Right Right Now Now, Finger Lickin' Good, Alive, Something's Got to Give, Shambala, Hello Brooklyn, Year and a Day, Now Get Busy, What Comes Around, Dropping Names, The Electric Worm, Mark on the Bus, Hey Fuck You, Lay It on Me, The New Style, In a World Gone Mad, To All the Girls, Get on the Mic, Mike on the Mic, The Young Aborigines, GR2 Records. Excerpt: Beastie Boys are an American hip hop trio from New York City. The group consists of Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz). The Beastie Boys began as hardcore punk band in 1979, first appearing on the compilation cassette New York Thrash before releasing their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 release of their experimental hip-hop 12" Cooky Pus...
A collection of writings featuring interviews, concert and album reviews and critical essays from the bands career.