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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    • 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.
    • Buy, steal, beg for, or borrow this book. I'm not going to get into my level of Beastie Boys fandom, because that belongs to me, and it be impossible to explain the importance and impact of the Beastie Boys have had on my life. They've been the soundtrack to my life, the good and the bad. Some of my fondest memories involve going to see them live, or having Paul's Boutique on in the background while something memorable is happening. It's difficult to put into words, though. Seriously. I am who I am (a divorced 44 year old dad of two) today because of them. One of the standout memories of my childhood was, at 11 years old, taking the bus to the next town over, and going to the record store. Inside, they were playing 'Licensed to Ill', and I'll never forget that moment. It changed my life.From what I've read so far, AdRock's chapter on cassette tapes really hit home. It's....perfect. Nostalgia personified, and he absolutely nails it - how ridiculous a method it was to record/playback music, etc., yet how critical cassette tapes were to us as kids, and how their existence and meaning shaped who we became today.To AdRock and Mike D.: A million thank-yous! I know you understand the impact you've had on multiple generations, around the world, and that's something that will live forever. Even now, 30+ years later, me and my kids belt out Beastie Boys tunes while driving around, and it's so much fun! It's truly something special, the impact and importance the Beasties had, and still have, and all I can say is: THANK YOU! For those reading, go get this book. Sure, it weighs over 3 lbs. and as thick as a college textbook (or Bible, even), but man, is it essential reading.
    • These guys have lived the life! Even though they are characters themselves, they have come across so many more and have amazing stories to tell. Lots of guest stars give different voices to this audio book. Bette Midler voicing the legendary Paul's Boutique voice message was great. It's great that the Beasties also gave people a chance to voice their own part and version in certain cases. You hear MC Search talk about his small part of BB history. And having Kate Schellenbach tell her view of how things went and her current outlook on times with her previous band members and friends is worth it's weight in gold, very moving. Too many favorite parts to choose from. A must read or listen!
    • Love It :)
    • 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.