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Publisher Description

#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.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Rolling Stone The Guardian Paste  

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

“A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”The New York Times Book Review

“Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”Rolling Stone 

“As nutty, irreverent, and fun as you think it would be.”Vogue

“As freewheeling and funny as their albums . . . a beautifully messy (and large) talisman containing within it many of the great joys and surprises that come with listening to the Beastie Boys”The AV Club

Biographies & Memoirs
October 30
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Royce V ,

B-Boys Makin' w/ the Book Book

its the best book that Adrock and Mike D ever wrote

gmmmo ,

straight-up classic!

i can't say enough good things about this book...so i won't. thank you, thank you, thank you.

Uliano ,

Beast of a book

I just finished reading and feel like, what will I do now. This was my kind of adventure, having lived in those times and places and tracked a parallel life. The first person "voices" that this is written in are engaging, you sense the world, the smells, the music and their individual love of one another and respect that they have for music and random fashion. From young boys who found their voice to seasoned producers who never lost being young boys, it's a great piece of musicology. I suggest having you phone or computer close by as you read to listen to Adam and Mike's influence call out very specific artists and songs, which will blow your mind. It's a treasure trove and they did the work, miles and hours of record crate diving at your finger tips. Loved this book...
Joseph Uliano