Beastie Boys set to release memoir which includes a cookbook, graphic novel and more
The multi-faceted memoir also features contributions from the likes of Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead and author Luc Sante
Back in 2015, Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock and Mike D signed a deal with Random House to pen their memoir. Now, three years later, the book is finally ready and is scheduled for release on October 30 via publishers Spiegel and Grau.
Judging by the sheer size of the aptly titled 'Beastie Boys Book', it’s easy to see why it took the duo so long to complete the behemoth 592-page book, which also solicited contributions from an array of guests including Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead and author Luc Sante, reports Rolling Stone.
I’m not sure if you remember, but a while ago we said we were gonna write a book about our band. Well, it’s almost done and it’s coming out soon. This is what it’s gonna look like. Kinda nice, right?— Beastie Boys (@beastieboys) May 15, 2018
Pre-order it today at: https://t.co/GzF9zWlEJi
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In addition to the A-list contributions, the memoir also includes rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook from chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York as well as a few mixtape playlists.
was having my first conversation about the Beastie Boys in (probably) years + get a notification on my phone about they're releasing a book? FBI isn't even subtle anymore— A$AP Easy (@Milksteakk) May 15, 2018
According to a description on the official website of the memoir, the Beastie Boys Book will cover the band's "transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique."
In an interview on Beats 1 earlier this year, Mike D addressed the memoir's unconventional multi-faceted nature, saying, "I think a lot of times when I read a band book or I watch a music documentary, maybe I'm just kind of ADD, I get a little bored. But actually, I don't think they do the subject matter justice because it's kinda surreal what happens in bands' lives, so you kind of have to use all dimensions to tell the story more accurately. I can say pretty confidently, it will be unlike any other music book."
Found out there's going to be a Beastie Boys Book. Then I found out there's a whole Beastie Boys store. So naturally, I preordered the book & bought three Beastie Boys shirts. I'm hoping this'll somehow get me closer to my dream of having lunch with Ad-Rock & Kathleen Hanna.— brian kenney (@restlessfriend) May 16, 2018
You can pre-orders the Beastie Boys Book here.