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Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

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Next I downloaded the eReader version from my library to check out the pictures referenced throughout.

Now – with a style as distinctive and eclectic as their music - the Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. It's a love letter to friendship, to music (all of it), to New York City, to beat-up musical gear, to mixtapes, to exploration. In addition to Diamond and Horovitz, there’s a full cast of narrators that will blow your damned mind. While my peers were listening to whatever was topping the charts in '97, I was listening to burned copies of Licensed To Ill, Paul's Boutique, and Check Your Head (thanks, Auntie). Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.

This was just the start of their journey, they quickly became embarrassed by the frat boy audience who gravitated to their leery beer swilling yob image and so reinvented themselves again, emphasising creativity and musical freedom over commercial success. Steve Buscemi, Ada Calhoun, Bobby Cannavale, Exene Cervenka, Roy Choi, Jarvis Cocker, Elvis Costello, Chuck D, Nadia Dajani, Michael Diamond, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, Crosby Fitzgerald, Randy Gardner, Kim Gordon, Josh Hamilton, Adam Horovitz, LL Cool J, Spike Jonze, Pat Kiernan, Talib Kweli, Dave Macklovitch, Rachel Maddow, Tim Meadows, Bette Midler, Mix Master Mike, NAS, Yoshimi O, Rosie Perez, Amy Poehler, Kelly Reichardt, John C. There were multiple narrators including John C Reilly, Rosie Perez, and Spike Jonze to name just a few. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it taught me lessons and I learned a bit of history of a band that I have always loved.

A common question about this book seems to be: should I read the print book or listen to the audiobook? This book does chronicle the shenanigans most casual readers may expect from the Beastie Boys, but being that this book is a gargantuan 600-page Beastie tome, I don't believe it was intended for a casual reader. Download the audiobook for its star-studded narrators: Steve Buscemi / Ada Calhoun / Bobby Cannavale / Exene Cervenka / Roy Choi / Jarvis Cocker / Elvis Costello / Chuck D / Nadia Dajani / Michael Diamond / Snoop Dogg / Will Ferrell / Crosby Fitzgerald / Randy Gardner / Kim Gordon / Josh Hamilton / Adam Horovitz / LL Cool J / Spike Jonze / Pat Kiernan / Talib Kweli / Dave Macklovitch / Rachel Maddow / Tim Meadows / Bette Midler/ Mix Master Mike / Nas / Yoshimi O / Rosie Perez / Amy Poehler / Kelly Reichardt / John C. 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"?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.

This was so disappointing, juvenile humour, nothing of interest really said as everyone was nice to them. Much humility - in that they recognized that they were very fortunate that things played out the way they did. And one album away from MCA issuing his famous apology for “the disrespect to women” to “the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends. Mike is pretty deliberate and organized, whereas Adam's mind is racing all over the place, and you constantly find him doubting his recollection of certain events. Forget Stormzy and Jay Z; Beastie Boys (along with Run DMC, PE and Rakim) are the real legends, originators and innovators of hip hop!

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 stories are mostly hilarious or weird or weird and hilarious, like, Yauch and Mike D had an apartment with an asphalt floor! My initial thought was that it was artificially high because most of the first readers were fans - and maybe a little biased. A ton of love for the late Adam Youch (MCA) who was a creative genius that the music world will forever mourn. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting 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.Memoir, graphic novel, cookbook, photo-journal, love letter, elegy: this vast, unwieldy, marvellous book, narrated, like the band’s songs, scatter-gun style by the two surviving Beastie Boys, is as original, uncategorisable and attention-grabbing as their music. 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. They made me want to go out and listen to bands I haven't heard in years ranging from Sly and Family Stone, Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Jam, The Cure. In its images and fractured mini-chapters, this book continues with the style of those early collaborations, unfortunaely minus the influence of Yauch. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.



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