Beastie Boys Announce ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Due This Fall

'Beastie Boys Book' will tell the band's story in their own words

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Surviving Beastie Boys Ad-Rock and Mike D have been diligently working on a nonfiction account of the band’s history for years – and it’s finally here. Beastie Boys Book is due for release on October 30th and it’s available for preorder now.

Beastie Boys Book will provide a “panoramic experience” of the band’s history, as told by Ad-Rock and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more. The book promises to include rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, and more.

A press release about Beastie Boys Book reads:

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. 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. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.”

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