A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, an audiobook as unique as the band itself.
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.
With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir, featuring a collection of voices reminiscent of your favorite mixtape.
Photo Credit © 1987 Lynn Goldsmith
Audiobook Cast Includes:
Steve Buscemi / Ada Calhoun / Bobby Cannavale / Exene Cervenka
Roy Choi / Jarvis Cocker / Elvis Costello / Chuck D / Nadia Dajani
Michael Diamond / Snoop Dogg / Will Ferrell / Crosby Fitzgerald
Randy Gardner / Kim Gordon / Josh Hamilton / Adam Horovitz
LL Cool J / Spike Jonze / Pat Kiernan / Talib Kweli / Dave Macklovitch
Rachel Maddow / Tim Meadows / Bette Midler/ Mix Master Mike
Nas / Yoshimi O / Rosie Perez / Amy Poehler / Kelly Reichardt
John C. Reilly / Ian Rogers / Maya Rudolph / Rev Run
Luc Sante / Kate Schellenbach / MC Serch / Chloe Sevigny
Jon Stewart / Ben Stiller / Wanda Sykes / Jeff Tweedy / Philippe Zdar
Advance praise for Beastie Boys Book
“This entertaining look at Beastie Boys history is as innovative and raucous as the band’s music.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Beastie Boys fans will devour this book, as will anyone interested in the early days of hip-hop, the art/music/street life of New York City in the 1980s, and the alternative-nation zeitgeist of the ’90s.”—Kirkus Reviews
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Only the Beastie Boys could get famous fans as disparate as LL Cool J, Rachel Maddow, Steve Buscemi, and Jonathan Lethem to chime in on their history. Guest appearances like these pepper this entertaining survey of the group’s rise to fame, but Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz remain the dominant voices of the audiobook (as they should be). Their raw, uncensored accounts echo the Beasties’ famously in-your-face performance style. While unspooling candid, hilarious tales of the Beasties’ three-decade journey, the duo pays loving tribute to their late bandmate, Adam Yauch. Wait until you hear Ad-Rock talk about cassette tapes—we got downright misty thinking about our old Walkmans.
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Now this is how to make an audio book! Great work Adam and Mike. The only thing that could have made the book better is if MCA was still with us. The B-Boys always come through!
Perfect. #ripmca #ripjmj
Amazing!!! Two Thumbs up. Way up!
Amazing book. One of the greatest bands of all time. Really enjoyed the stories, very interesting and informative. Learnt a lot. Highly recommend read. #RIPMCA