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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    • Like most books of this type, BEASTIE BOYS BOOK is for the hardcore fan. This will make an outstanding gift for someone you know who loves the Beasties and everything they did.Admittedly I'm merely an above-average Beasties fan. I appreciate their contributions to hip hop (and music in general) and listen to PB and License to Ill fairly regularly, along with a couple dozen other songs from their discography. But I'm nowhere near hardcore enough in my fandom to be able to fully appreciate this book.This is a collection of pieces from Mike D, Ad Rock, and others (including Amy Poehler and Spike Jonze) that offers sometimes surprisingly deep, often funny stories and thoughts about the group's history and outlook. It is a perfect coffee table book (or, for people like me who don't have a coffee table, bathroom reader), not a cover-to-cover book the way many rock memoirs and autobiographies are. It's more a flip-to-a-random-page type of thing. It's "coffee table" distinction is further supported by the fact that it's a huge book. Roughly the size of Infinite Jest, I believe it would too cumbersome to lug around and read anywhere other than the comforts of one's home.It's well put together, with a great forward by Horovitz and plenty of solid photos throughout.Recommended for the huge fan, especially if it's on sale.
    • So sad that we lost Adam Yauch so young. I loved every bit of this book. Great stories and insight into how some of my favorite songs came about.
    • I'm about 60% of the way through this book, and as some who lived through the 80s (but is about 10 years younger than the Beasties), so far this book has been a fascinating journey back in time. As a kid I saw early 80s New York on TV, but this book takes you right into that environment, to the epicenter of a cultural shift that was taking place. You really get a sense of how everything happens first in New York City, and that stuff that's cool in NY becomes legendary around the world. The name-dropping in this book is stunning. These teenage kids spent their time at shows and clubs, watching performers who were just cool local bands, but who would go on to be legendary. And in the crowd there would be numerous people who would go on to become legendary. How everything unfolds is a little mind-bending.The book is an in-depth lesson in music history. Countless songs are mentioned in this book (songs by other artists that the Beastie Boys loved). I've been looking up every song on Youtube and saving it to a playlist. The playlist is getting long, and is an amazing journey in itself.It might sound crazy for a 600 page book, but my only problem with the book so far is that it breezes past some things I wanted to know more about. I've heard the Beasties talk a little bit about their catastrophic Paul's Boutique "tour" (just a few dates at discos, performing for a handful of people), and how they nearly broke up. There was no mention of that tour (unless they come back to it at a later point in the book), and the Paul's Boutique disappointment in general only gets a little attention. Likewise the insanity of the License to Ill tour is left fairly vague, even though you can see glimpses on Youtube of how crazy it got. And strangely, there has been only one mention of DJ Hurricane so far, and they breeze right past him, even though he was a big part of their tours and seemed like the 4th Beastie through the Ill Communication Days. So, I get the feeling that they are trying to tune out certain parts of their history, things that cause them some pain, and shape what they want their legacy to be by omitting certain things or breezing past them. They do directly address certain things they regret and are in my opinion excessively apologetic about it, but you get the feeling that they want to get that over with and move on. If you're expecting orgy stories from the LTI tour, you won't get any. What you get is the Beastie Boys' own version of their history, which means they focus more on what they want to remember. That's not necessarily a complaint, but it might fail to connect with certain people's expectations.
    • Exactly what I had hoped it would be. Brilliant. Excellent storytelling. Will fill you with the best kind of nostalgia for the early 80s.
    • The expectations of these types of books vary. It seems the more you like the artist, the worse the book is and vice-versa. I am happy to report that even the most ardent fans will love this book. There aren't too many if any details overlooked when it comes to this autobiography. The book is a legit autobiography too, you can really tell that Michael and Adam were the main writers of this. So often when you read an autobiography you don't get a feeling of personality, both of theirs shine from start to finish. Along with them and many others and seemingly random people (Amy Poehler?) you will get A LOT of personal accounts, story, and history.It is uniquely laid out and while it tells the story of the group it is really a collection of anecdotes and stories. What is nice is that you don't have to read them in order. You can easily go from section to section and take in a specific time or here a specific voice. Those of you that are hardcore will want to read it cover to cover and not skip a beat.I enjoyed it a lot overall. It did take a while to read and I found it difficult to stay focused if I wasn't 100% engaged, simply because it is so loosely structured. This will make a great addition to your musical book collection or an excellent gift.