Titled Beastie Boys Book, the 592-page memoir will be penned by Mike D and Ad-Rock and will explore the group’s “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,” according to Rolling Stone.
The book will feature rare photos and original illustrations as well as a graphic novel, a map of the Beastie Boys’ New York and mixtape playlists. There will also be guest contributions from Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Colson Whitehead and author Luc Sante.
Several months ago, Mike D offered an update on the memoir during an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1.
“To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from. So New York City in the ’80s, you had all these incredible, exciting music, art, film, all that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it so I think that’s No. 1,” Mike D said. “And the other thing is, I think a lot of times when I read a book or I watch a music documentary, maybe I’m just kind of A.D.D., I get a little bored, but actually I don’t think they do the subject matter justice because it’s kinda surreal what happens in bands’ lives so you kind of have to use all dimensions to tell the story more accurately.”
The Beastie Boys Book will be released on October 30 via publishers Spiegel and Grau.
Source: Rolling Stone