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.