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Beastie Boys Book

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The accounts of how particular songs were made provide those really revealing moments that you’d want from a book like this. The guy's making soup and talks about making the soup more than the album and Will delivers it deadpan. The little vignette chapters reveal enough to show the haphazard development of the band as well as their music and their thinking. Because, for example, while I genuinely disliked the bit at the end where André Leon Talley was trashing the Boys' fashion choices over the decades (it felt mean-spirited), it comes shortly after one of the funniest sections in the book where Ad-Rock recounts this experience he had tripping on some strongly laced pot cookies 15 minutes before they had to go on stage. 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.

In a book with 100 chapters, the fact that only four or five of them felt a little useless says a lot. 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. Everything about their life seems to prove that they were destined to be great because they wouldn't give up until they were.Its numerous short chapters are written mostly by Horovitz and Michael Diamond, complemented by some guest contributions. Much humility - in that they recognized that they were very fortunate that things played out the way they did. In its images and fractured mini-chapters, this book continues with the style of those early collaborations, unfortunaely minus the influence of Yauch. 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.

star listen and I would recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the Beasties (obvs) but anyone who's a fan of music as this is an insightful account of the genesis of hip hop and rap music. How they developed the sampling techniques they became so famous for, and later became pioneers of internet music. This is a chance for the surviving members and close associates to tell their stories and they take full advantage. I never knew how it all came swinging from one end, disco music, to straight up hip hop, rap and electronic music.

Smart, innovative, magpie-like in their interests, magnetic on stage, this unlikely trio of affluent young New Yorkers bonded the principles of rap with a raw, post-punk energy. as well as my next trip to NYC when I bore my family by seeking out the hidden landmarks from the book. Thankfully, Diamond and Horovitz find a nice middle ground where I think they're comfortable from an artistic perspective and I'm more than pleased from a fan's perspective. An honest, charming and insightful scrapbook of adventures, ideas and dumb funny stuff that will make you laugh your bum off. 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.

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 opening chapter was enough to make me grab the tissues, but by the end, I felt as if I'd gone through a journey with the band, and the conclusion brought a certain sense of closure that I didn't even realize I was looking for. The thing I enjoyed more than anything, however, was just the little pieces of trivia that were scattered throughout the book. 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 drawback to the audio version is that you don't get to see the excellent photos compiled in the print version, including the awesome mini cookbook by Roy Choi.

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