Beastie Boys fans will be able to get their hands on a memoir in 2015.
A new book charting the story of the Beastie Boys, written by surviving members Mike D and Ad Rock, is to be published in 2015. The book will trace the rappers' origins as a New York high school punk band through to their induction into the Rock and Roll Fall of Fame, as well as reflecting on the death of MCA, aka Adam Yauch.
Yauch died from cancer aged 47 in May 2012, just weeks after the band had been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Musicians from around the globe paid tribute to the musician, with Moby calling him "a wonderful, generous, remarkable and inspiring man and friend." The new book will include contributions from writers exploring Yauch's musical legacy.
Publishers Faber & Faber said the book was a landmark acquisition. "Beastie Boys have entertained us for years with classic albums like Paul's Boutique and Hello Nasty," said Faber's Lee Brackstone. "They will now entertain us on the page, in this book which celebrates the 30-plus years of their unique story and influence."
The group, originally a punk outfit named Young Aboriginals, became the Beastie Boys and launched their debut album Licensed To Ill in 1986. It included the hit singles (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) and No Sleep Till Brooklyn. The group delayed the release of their album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 in 2008, following Yauch's diagnosis of cancer. Although Part 1 was delayed indefinitely, the second part was released in 2011.
Mike D and Ad Rock Are Penning A Beastie Boys Memoir