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.
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.
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."
You can pre-orders the Beastie Boys Book here.