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Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

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So many voices and stories tell the rich and moving tale of the journey of the NYC punks from rappers to musical mischief makers. But interestingly, many are written by others: social critics providing context and opinions on the group’s influence (including an argument by Jonathan Lethem that they unintentionally started gangster rap), an essay by Amy Poehler hilariously reviewing their music videos, one by a fashion journalist slamming their many looks over the years, a photo collection by director Spike Jonze, an absolutely hysterical (and fake) review of the Ill Communication album in which the reviewer spends much of the review discussing a soup he was making while listening to the album, and an absurdist imagining of the life of the Carvel Cookie Puss ice cream cake (the subject of the Beastie Boys’ first single) by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead. The little vignette chapters reveal enough to show the haphazard development of the band as well as their music and their thinking. When talk began swirling about a "Beastie Boys book," Mike D and Ad-Rock had said they wanted to do something untraditional, and in the throes of grief following the death of MCA, I thought that sounded terrible. The accounts of how particular songs were made provide those really revealing moments that you’d want from a book like this.

I didn't know why I liked those albums, and I didn't know most of what they were saying, or even what the words meant (you know that interlude bit on "B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak"? What I wanted to know about THEM and their SONGS beyond what was recorded was only gained by obsessive magazine hunting and word of mouth. The stories are largely chronological but there are hardly any mentions of years or dates, making it hard to tell exactly when things are happening; the only real clues are the mentions of albums or songs.

In a book with 100 chapters, the fact that only four or five of them felt a little useless says a lot. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. A final love letter to a fellow band member, best friend, brother - one that will allow even passing Beastie Boys fans to rediscover what it was about these punks/rappers that makes them just as relevant 30 years later.

I never knew how it all came swinging from one end, disco music, to straight up hip hop, rap and electronic music. Reilley, Nas, Snoop, Rosie Perez, Wes Anderson and a bunch of other people, some of whom I knew and some I didn't. All of their misogynistic jokes on their early recordings and videos still haunt them to this day and they gracefully retell many of the steps they took to fix their youthful transgressions with their friends. paraphrasing since I'm quite certain Bezos wouldn't sanction such language, though evidently, dick pics are ok? Adam ‘AD-ROCK’ 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 almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique.I realised, reading this, I grew up with this band - watched them grow up; they represent a lot to me - they have talent but aren't extraordinary, so it's believable, it always seemed achievable - they were flawed too.

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).Much humility - in that they recognized that they were very fortunate that things played out the way they did. They use over a hundred guest narrators in addition to the group including everybody from Ben Stiller, Wanda Sykes, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D.



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