The Beastie Boys rose to unlikely stardom after they came together in 1981. Even though they started as a hardcore band, they found global fame as hip hop artists, even becoming the first hip hop record to ever hit number one. Beastie Boys Book takes you backstage to all of their success as told by the very people who lived it—Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond. Horovitz and Diamond take you down the path they followed, revealing the serious and funny as they transitioned from teenage punks to one of the most successful groups in music history. The book tracks the band through their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin to their fallout with Def Jam; then on to Los Angeles and then into their life as social activists. Inside the pages of Beastie Boys Book you’ll find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and more—a true representation of the eclectic band that for over thirty years has been influencing popular culture.
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