The Beastie Boys, Asher Roth, & What Happens When Nostalgia is Sweeter Than the Music
The Beastie Boys, Asher Roth, & What Happens When Nostalgia is Sweeter Than the Music
Source: Wikimedia Commons | Nicholas Broussard

Beastie Boys Audiobook Will Feature Narration From Chuck D, Nas, Talib Kweli & More

Source: Wikimedia Commons | Nicholas Broussard

The Beastie Boys Bookdrops at the end of this month but for those that would prefer an audio version of the book, you're in luck.

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The 600-page Beastie Boys book will be released as an audiobook and will include a handful of narrators including Nas, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, LL Cool J and more according to Pitchfork. The full list can be seen below.

In an excerpt from the forthcoming book, the rap group recounted how Capitol Records wanted them to write a diss record about MC Hammer.

"…Capitol brought us in for a marketing meeting to launch the record. They had us sit down with their 'street team' to figure out how to get the word out to 'the streets,'" Adam Horovitzsays before elaborating further.

"The street team had a plan. They had been given the title Street Awareness Program. And so on their presentation paperwork it spelled out S-A-P in big letters across the top of each page. Already funny. SAP, SAP, SAP. Their marketing plan was for us to make a diss record against MC Hammer,” he says. “They said that diss records always get some kind of attention, and ’cause Hammer was so huge, that’d be great. Oh, and that because Hammer was also on Capitol Records, it’d be easy to contact him to let him know that it wasn’t for real. We told the saps that we’d never met Hammer and had nothing against him, and that he seemed like a nice enough guy. Maybe we should just try to get the songs on the radio and in clubs and stuff instead. To be fair…me, Adam, and Mike were sitting in that meeting obviously high as kites and dressed in our best Madilyn Grasshoff outfits, looking like we were on our way to a Cymande concert. I’m sure the lack of confidence was mutual."

The Beastie Boys Book is out October 30. Following its release, Horovitz and Michael Diamond will embark on a tour in support of the book.

Beastie Boys Book narrators:

Steve Buscemi

Tim Meadows

Ada Calhoun

Bette Midler

Bobby Cannavale

Mix Master Mike

Exene Cervenka


Roy Choi

Yoshimi O

Jarvis Cocker

Rosie Perez

Elvis Costello

Amy Poehler

Chuck D

Kelly Reichardt

Nadia Dajani

John C. Reilly

Snoop Dogg

Ian Rogers

Will Ferrell

Maya Rudolph

Crosby Fitzgerald

Rev Run

Randy Gardner

Luc Sante

Kim Gordon

Kate Schellenbach

Josh Hamilton

MC Serch

LL Cool J

Chloë Sevigny

Spike Jonze

Jon Stewart

Pat Kiernan

Ben Stiller

Talib Kweli

Wanda Sykes

Dave Macklovitch

Jeff Tweedy

Rachel Maddow

Philippe Zdar

Michael Diamond

Adam Horovitz

Source: Pitchfork

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