Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond
A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself - by band members AD-ROCK 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 that story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam ""Ad-Rock"" Horovitz and Michael ""Mike D"" Diamond offer revealing accounts of their transition from teenage punk musicians to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut album "Licensed to Ill" featuring the mega-hit "Fight for your Right (To Party)"; the album's messy fallout and how it led the band to ""become what we hated""; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and initial commercial failure of what was later recognized as a genre-defining masterpiece, "Paul's Boutique"; their growing social activism and influence on the culture throughout the next twenty years; and, above all, the legacy of founding co-member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away in 2012.
Running throughout are a plethora of color photos and illustrations of "everything from us to the Knicks to drum machines to people's business cards to the Swiss Appenzell," as well a graphic novel, a cookbook, mixtape playlists, a fake snobby music magazine, and much more.