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Beastie Boys Book
Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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. Advance 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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LisaLovesToRead
Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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Lots of 1980s and NYC references. enjoyable at times, but overwhelming too. incessant name dropping of artists and clubs. neat when I recognized the groups, but the vast majority were unknown to me, so it got to be hard to follow. I was going to keep plugging along (I rarely don‘t finish a book), but I had loaned this one on Kindle. When my rental ended, I decided that I‘d rather start a new book. Let me know what you think!

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Crystalblu
Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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Sale at my local bookstore! A present and a little something for myself 😉😜

BarbaraJean That mug is lovely! 3mo
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vivastory
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One of my favorite coffee table books about one of the greatest #music groups of all time. There was a point when I had memorized large portions of the albums Ill Communication & Hello Nasty in its entirety.
#Movember @Cinfhen

itsjustme40something I loved this book & The Beastie Boys 4mo
Nute 🧡Beastie Boys🧡 4mo
Cinfhen Funny, I never got into the Beastie Boys 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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britt_brooke Loved this book on audio!! 4mo
vivastory @britt_brooke it sounds like a great audio. I might give it a try some day, but the book itself is so amazing I just had to have it 4mo
britt_brooke @vivastory I don‘t own a physical copy but I flipped through it at B&N after I listened. 😄 It‘s really well done. 4mo
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Brie
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This behemoth, chock full of essays, photos, interviews, and playlists, increased my love for Beastie Boys even more! Now I have a bunch of new music to check out! At some point I might try the audiobook too.

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Traceyhas5
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Pickpick

Loved, Loved, LOVED, this! Only thing missing was seeing the band through Yauch, but the boys definitely represented him in spirit.

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SiriGuruDevSingh
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Pickpick

LOVING it so far!!!😍

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bento02
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Here's a big ol book with a story to tell
About three bad brothers you know so well
It started way back in history (the 80's kids!)
With Adrock, M.C.A. and Mike D.
Sadly one of them is gone, but the other two
Put this giant book out just for you
So get off your butt and go pick up a copy
Sorry about these rhymes, they're a little sloppy.

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RealLifeReading
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Today‘s #audiocooking with the Beastie Boys and all their many narrators - broccoli and kabocha squash mac and cheese and also grilled chicken drumsticks

Leftcoastzen Yummy!🤤 11mo
tammysue Looks great! 😋 11mo
writerlibrarian Looks good 11mo
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cariashley Ooooh that‘s some perfect browning there 😋🧀 11mo
RebL I‘m having casserole AND book envy! 11mo
Freespirit That looks yum! 11mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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Anyone else give this a listen? It was very entertaining 😜

wanderinglynn It‘s on my TBR. I love the Beastie Boys! 11mo
RavenLovelyReads @wanderinglynn I love them too!! Hope you enjoy it! 11mo
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Godpants
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Pickpick

I really took my time listening to this one and it was amazing and I may buy a physical copy of it to.

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Heideschrampf
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I came upon this autobiography in multiple „BEST OF 2018“ lists and seeing the stellar audiobook cast couldn‘t resist. I‘ve never been a real fan, knew only the hits, but now having gotten to know the guys better I know my first impression was perfectly right: they really ARE that cool! If you‘re interested in pop culture, NYC in the 80s and creative people and the history of a true friendship - this is definitely a good listen. RIP Adam Yauch! ✊

britt_brooke This is brilliant on audio! 💚 12mo
HardcoverHearts The parts on their feminist journey had me so proud. And it was wonderful that they devoted time and energy to having women talk about their Fight For Your Right years. Very evolved. ✊🏻👏🏻 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Listening to Jarvis Cocker read bits like “can I hit that guy with this Scotch egg?” is just making my day.

britt_brooke Truly one of the best audiobooks I‘ve ever listened to! 12mo
Blaire This will be my next audiobook. I love the beastie boys. #90sgirl 12mo
Suet624 Only one copy on Libby in Vermont! 16 weeks to wait. Clearly Vermont wasn‘t prepared for the love of BB fans. 💕💕💕 12mo
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JillR I‘ve only read a snippet of this but it was hilarious - in fact I think it might be the bit you refer to where they talk about being in the UK and going to “the shops” 😆😆😆 12mo
RealLifeReading @jillr yes! That‘s the very chapter! And it is so funny! 12mo
RealLifeReading @suet624 my library only has one copy too! 12mo
RealLifeReading @britt_brooke it is sooooo goood! @blaire it has this amazing cast of readers!! 12mo
Blaire @RealLifeReading very cool! Looking forward to it. 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Finished up my shawl while listening to this fun #audiobook. It will probably look better after blocking! Now to figure out if I should do a simple SC (single crochet) border like the pattern suggests ... what do you think?

KatieDid927 Nice!! 12mo
valeriegeary The colors are gorgeous! And it's so delicate! 😍 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s beautiful! 12mo
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writerlibrarian Wow. That's lovely. 💕 12mo
tammysue Ooh so pretty! 💜 12mo
Johanna414 So pretty! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Pretty 💖💙💚 12mo
ladyneverwhere Your shawl is gorgeous! 12mo
SoniaC Really nice. Love it! 12mo
kspenmoll Beautiful!! 12mo
PickwickPlockPlock It's looking pretty! I'd say wait with deciding on the border until after blocking. And with the colour changes it might look better without a border. 12mo
SharonGoforth Gorgeous!!😍 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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It‘s fun listening to them talk about tapes and how once your tape gets stuck, “taking it out was like pulling 60 minutes of wet fettuccine out of a dog‘s mouth. It was as though the tape and tape deck were mad at you for being a careless and impatient teenager.”
We watched Guardians of the Galaxy with the kids over the weekend and when I had to explain what tapes and Walkman. So it was nice #bookserendipity to hear about tapes!

Suet624 Wow. Having to explain tapes and a Walkman. I‘m too old for this world. 😂😂😂 12mo
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Creadnorthey
Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

Working through this slowly- some stories every couple of days- it‘s a beautiful walk in the fields of memory- though my experience was pretty small town, I‘d come to love these guys with Ill Communication and knight them geniuses when I retroactively heard Paul‘s Boutique. Still reading...

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Frecks-Booklover4life
Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
Pickpick

This was a fun one! I loved all the cameo readers #audible. You get the idea that these boys stayed true to each other and never took themselves too seriously. Intro and final chapter was a brother tribute and all love. It‘s a book for music lovers and music maker!

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Godpants
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My hold finally came through! Heard the audio version of this is great.

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CoffeeNBooks
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I've been on the waiting list for this one for so long, and I'm so excited that it's finally my turn to check it out!!

britt_brooke I loved this!! I listened to the audio which was just brilliant and had to check out the physical copy for all the cool photos. 12mo
CoffeeNBooks @britt_brooke I'm also on the waiting list for the audio of this! I knew I'd want to read it and listen to it! 12mo
britt_brooke @CoffeeNBooks 💚 Hope you enjoy! 12mo
Godpants My audio hold just came available today. Cannot wait for my day off tomorrow! 12mo
Blaire Heard a great review of this one on npr pop culture happy hour. 12mo
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Stephaniereads1
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I enjoyed it. Learning how they came together and all the stories. If you are a music or Beastie boys fan you will enjoy!

britt_brooke I loved this!! 13mo
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Stephaniereads1
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Started this book.

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HardcoverHearts
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I had an 11 hour flight home from London yesterday & was thrilled that my library hold came up. There are so many guest narrators, tender stories, hilarious antics & good vibes that I remembered what it was like to love this band. I had the privilege of being at some secret shows where they played & attended the Tibetan Freedom Concert and the infamous after party at The Fairmont in SF. So this book was a lovely walk down memory lane. RIP- Yauch

Sarah83 Where do you live? 14mo
HardcoverHearts @Sarah83 In the SF Bay Area. 14mo
Sarah83 I mixed people up here. I thought you live in the Netherlands. 😂 And I was curious, how a flight from London to the Netherlands could last so long. 😮 14mo
HardcoverHearts @Sarah83 That would be an extremely long flight! 😉 14mo
Sarah83 That's what I thought 😁 14mo
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MMenefee
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Favorite read of 2018. I borrowed it from the library. Now, I must purchase it because there is much music to research.

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Kleonard
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Everything about this book made me happy!

dariazeoli Agreed! It was a great book! 1y
Kleonard The pictures! ❤️ 1y
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MMenefee
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Smrloomis 😂😂😂 1y
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dariazeoli
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Rain, wind, and a flood warning? Guess this will be my view today. I‘ll try to cope 😉

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dariazeoli
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I‘m really loving this book. It‘s a love letter to Adam Yauch, in my opinion. I wish he‘d lived to write his part of it. In many ways, he did. ❤️🎧 🎤

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booklover3258
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Amazing book! Loved reading this big book. Lots of memories from growing up and listening to them. Quite a few funny moments throughout the book ...cooky puss!! Also photos are awesome! 5 stars

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lowellette
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A treat for the senses! I absolutely adore the format! Tons of photos, stories (most from Ad-Rock), playlists, fashion commentary, video commentary, graphic novel snippets, and more. A reinvention of the music autobiography. Perfect for fans.

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iamtoddseal
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“We were also total drunk fuck-ups in 1987 and didn‘t really know how to communicate things like feelings and phone numbers” (70).

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strandbookstore
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We‘ve just received copies of BEASTIE BOYS BOOK that include signed bookplates from Mike D and Adrock!
https://www.strandbooks.com/rap-hip-hop/beastie-boys-book/

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manifestsanity
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Luc Sante's essay "Beastie Revolution" from the "Beastie Boys Book" is one of the most fantastic pieces of cultural criticism I have read in ages. A phantasmagoric portrait of late 70s/early 80s NYC: the birth of hip hop, punk, and new wave. A vibrant snapshot of city life and the art scene that flourished amidst the rubble of a decadent and decaying urban landscape. So amazing. This book is marvelous.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this Beastie Boys history lesson! The audiobook is sooo pleasing to the ear. In addition to Diamond & Horovitz, there‘s a full cast of narrators that will blow your damned mind. The essays & anecdotes are well-written, thoughtful, & often humorous. This collection takes the music memoir to a whole new level. On top of that, it‘s a beautiful homage to Adam Yauch. This is one of my top reads of 2018! 👇🏻

britt_brooke NOTE: This does not come with a PDF, so if you‘re a hardcore Beasties fan, you may want to grab the physical copy as well because there are a lot of photos included. I went to my local bookstore and took a peek. 👀🤫 (edited) 1y
vivastory Fantastic review! The physical copy is a work of art. I grabbed a copy on Friday. 1y
britt_brooke @vivastory Thank you! 💚 I really loved this. I‘m not some super fan, but I‘ve always like them. I was really impressed with the writing. I hope you enjoy! I flipped through the physical copy at B&N today and it‘s really a lovely piece of music history. 1y
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Kelleyisreading
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My eclectic #tbr pile. The Beastie Boys Book arrived today and In Pieces has been on hold forever (it feels)!! I am beyond thrilled 😍

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britt_brooke
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▶️🎧

This is SO good so far!

Kappadeemom 😍 1y
hhooper36 I have to get that! Thanks 1y
Sungirl79 Can‘t wait to get this!!!❤️ 1y
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JillR I read an extract from this (the part about going to “the shops” in England) and it was hilarious... 1y
britt_brooke @JillR It has a full cast of awesome narrators. I‘m excited to listen more today! 1y
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Indexasaurus
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Pre-ordered! One of my favorite groups of all-time. I remember crying in my car in a Walmart parking lot (I was running errands) when I heard over the radio that Adam Yauch had passed away, the only celebrity death that has ever really got to me. Sooo looking forward to this one.

britt_brooke I can‘t wait for this one! I preordered, too. 💚 1y
Cinfhen This should be awesome 1y
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