This month marks the sixth anniversary of the passing Adam “MCA” Yauch, a founding member of the Beastie Boys. MCA left behind not only a nation of fans but a legacy of music created by himself, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond that will live on for generations.
The evolution and eventual world domination of the group are chronicled in a new book that’s a must-have for every rap fan.
“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.”
The book covers 30+ years of the band’s existence and the Beastie Boys’ influence on rap, pop culture and generations of aspiring musicians. Besides first-hand accounts from the surviving members, the book includes 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.
The group’s debut album, Licensed to Ill, was the first rap record ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Music Charts. There’s no doubt this book will have the same ascent up the best-sellers list.
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