by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

The story of the New York band who went from performing hardcore punk music to hip hop stardom.

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  • Holy $&*@!!!! I just heard Rachel Maddow curse as she narrates the Beastie Boys Book!!! I’m giddy.
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  • Almost half way through the beastie boys book. I wonder if they do a movie on this.
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    • Any true fan of the Besties needs to listen to this. It starts at their beginning and brings you right up through today. I thought I was a huge fan, but there are tons of stories and backgrounds that I never knew. Some chapters are read by themselves, many chapters are read by a wide array of musicians and celebrities.I had to look up an old friend I hadn't spoke to in nearly 20 years to gift to's that good.
    • Honestly, I'm not really a book person but the Beastie Boys Book got my attention and I'm glad I've had a chance to read it. Being from the NYC area and a fan of the Beaties Boys for decades, I found the book to be both interesting and informative. Even after having read it, I still have it out on the coffee table to go back and check out the pictures. Anyone that is a fan of the Beastie Boys will love this book.
    • Hearing their voices tell these stories directly (and with all the special guests) is the best. Thank you for making this for your fans!
    • I just finished the audiobook. I mean, seconds ago finished the audiobook. My first thought. I need to listen to this thing again. There are hundreds of bands and songs by bands and albums I have never even heard. How is this possible? I don’t know if I could recommend this to the casual Beastie Boys fan. Luckily, if you are reading this, you aren’t a casual Beastie Boys fan. There aren’t any. I can honestly say I have been waiting my whole life for this book. 11yr old me. 1987. Trying to quietly & sneakily listen to my Raising Hell (A Side) Licensed To Ill (B Side) tape before bed each night. My older/cooler neighbor made this tape for me. I never had my parents tell me I couldn’t listen. They never knew I had the tape. It just felt like something an 11yr old kid shouldn’t be listening to. Anyway…fastforward. 13yr old me. Paul’s Boutique. Never.stopped.listening….ever. Quest to acquire every color tape. Black, red, green, eventually clear…1992. 16yr old me. First concert. Check Your Head tour. E.Lansing, MI. Game changer. Life changer. The B-Boys were my band just like most of you. MY band. You can’t know more about them. You can’t buy that Brooklyn Dust Elephant storyboad shirt because I already called it. MY BAND! Of course I have the Grand Royal slip mat on my turntable. You serious?!?! Anyway…the book is fantastic. Amazing. I would suggest you are doing yourself a disservice not listening to the audiobook. Look at the narrators list!! You honestly don’t want Jarvis Cocker to read stories about the boys in London?? What?!?! Adam & Mike cutting in on each other to file hurt feelings reports?!?! A massively snarky album review read by Will Farrell?!?!?! Audiobook is a must. To be honest I haven’t bought the physical book yet. Christmas gift. I have instructions. They must be followed. Two things I take issue with. First-no mention of Brooklyn Dust Music. What is it? I’ve had that tattooed on my shoulder since 1994 & I still am not sure wth it is. Their publishing company? A catch-all for anything Beastie related? If you know, please share. Second-the music video bit as read by Amy Poehler. Love her, not the issue. Any commentary that discusses the Gratitude video and does not mention Pink Floyd:Live At Pompeii is going to ruffle my feathers. All that being said. This is the greatest book ever of all time…ever. I am grateful to have gotten a glimpse into how they created so many of these songs. An actual excuse why my Grand Royal magazines took so damn long to show up & that gear list?!?! What.what?!?! That was the icing on the burrito. Seriously, you don’t need a review. You need to listen to this book, then read this book, then please, please, please make a list of every musical reference…make a Spotify playlist & send me a link to it.Your pal,jeff
    • Exactly what I had hoped it would be. Brilliant. Excellent storytelling. Will fill you with the best kind of nostalgia for the early 80s.