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Beastie Boys Book

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What you won't find is gossip or name-dropping, but instead you'll read a sincere tale of success and what that means, of friendship and how that endures, of music and what that inspires and of a gritty city that provided a soundtrack for us all.

It is also a love letter to Adam Yauch, the group's driving force, who sadly died of cancer in 2012, which is when the group ended. The little vignette chapters reveal enough to show the haphazard development of the band as well as their music and their thinking. Don't get me wrong, as a whole, the book isn't perfect, and in the last 150 pages or so things can get a little fluffy, but when weighed against its strengths, any minor infractions have such a small impact that they don't even matter. It seems an honest portrayal of how they met, grew, and evolved over the years into the bestselling rap group of all-time, and one of only five rap groups in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Apart from mixing together music that doesn’t even sound like its made by the same group, he argues, its bumper track number means Hello Nasty is particularly good value for money.As an avid music lover I really liked the details of the club scenes and of interactions with several bands at the time at the time may have been obscure, but were destined to become mainstream in the years to come. Shoutout to the audiobook, which is read (no joke) by Steve Buscemi, Jon Stewart, Kim Gordon, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Elvis Costello, and many more. The only weak point for me was when they got on a tear about listing artists that were either influential or some DJ would spin at "x, y, or z" place and that's fine. I mean, I'm not going to perpetrate and say I've been a Beasties fan since always cuz that's a damn lie. It’s full of the bullish, cheeky and frankly childish humour of the early Beasties with the talent, thoughtfulness and insight of the more mature output of the 90s and later.

Having an all star ensemble to read various chapters was cool but I enjoyed the parts read by Ad-Roc and Mike D the best, so I think they could have done the whole thing themselves and actually enhanced the experience.For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture. I loved it so much I went out and bought the actual book just to see the snaps Spike Jonze was banging on about.

as well as my next trip to NYC when I bore my family by seeking out the hidden landmarks from the book. I never knew how it all came swinging from one end, disco music, to straight up hip hop, rap and electronic music. 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. If this book were a Beastie Boys album (and it is as inventive, effervescent and FUN as their records), it would be my third favorite. Much humility - in that they recognized that they were very fortunate that things played out the way they did.Horovitz and Diamond share sincere moments of reflection about their music, their friendship and the guy who taught them to fix radiators, to care about human rights, to own up to mistakes and to grow up. but as I progressed through the book and nearly every story made me literally laugh out loud it quickly got my attention that this was something special. insightful about the group’s shifting music and are expert yarn-spinners, homing in on telling vignettes rather than doling out a straightforward history . Alongside their narrative history, the book presents 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.

These leaps sometimes feel a bit disjointed, but they are totally in character, given the eclectic nature of the music they produced. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. But the audiobook is well-narrated by a mix of the band members, essay authors, and other contemporaries and celebrities who seem to simply be fans (for example, Will Ferrell brilliantly reads the fake album review mentioned above). Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. When I said earlier that I wanted answers, I didn't mean that I wanted to know every little detail about their personal lives.So, reading this book not only gave me more insight about their lives, it also sparked my own memories of my life as it was partly soundtracked by their music. They take time to pay tribute to everyone who helped them become who they are and not just people like Russell Simmons or Run DMC but the guy who helped them make Polly Wag Stew, Dave Parsons.

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