The long-anticipated Beastie Boys memoir, Beastie Boys Book, has just gone on sale at www.beastieboysbook.com. Mike D originally announced that they were writing book in January, in an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music’s Beats 1 (via Pitchfork), revealing that the as-yet untitled tome will come out “in the fall of this year”.
The group’s surviving members, Mike D and Ad-Rock, have been working on the memoir since 2013, with the book originally slated to be released in 2015. Mike D addressed the delay, saying, “Like many things we embark on, there are many false starts and, honestly, directions we went in that realised were not the directions we should be going in.”
In 2013, Random House imprint publisher Spiegel & Grau announced that Mike D and Ad-Rock were “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up”.
In the Beats 1 interview, Mike D shied away from the specifics in terms of the direction the book has taken, but he did emphasize the importance of showcasing the time period and setting surrounding their formation. “To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from,” he explained. “So New York City in the 80s, you had all this incredible, exciting music, art, film. All of that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it, so I think that’s Number One.”
The Beatles held a record for the most simultaneous songs in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after 54 years, the record has been shattered.
Rapper Post Malone has placed nine songs in the Top 20 of the chart, three more than The Beatles’ record (that was tied last week by rapper J. Cole.) With the release of his new album Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone broke the record thanks to a chart configuration that places a higher emphasis on streaming. The album garnered over 431.3 million streams in its first week of release.
On April 4, 1964, The Beatles held all five of the top 5 positions on the chart, plus had a sixth addition in the Top 20. Back then, the chart’s placements were determined by single sales and radio airplay.
The Beatles’ #1 song, “Can’t Buy Me Love”
The entire tracklist of Beerbongs & Bentleys has charted on the Hot 100, with 18 simultaneous entries.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since The Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch tragically passed away.
We lost Yauch at the age of 47 from ‘salivary gland neoplasm.’ In 2009, he was diagnosed for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node, which was unsuccessfully treated. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy, and became a vegan under guidance from Tibetan doctors. His illness delayed the release of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and the Beastie Boys’ upcoming tour. Yauch also hit to miss the video shoots for this album.
One of his wishes in his will was that the Beastie Boys’ music never be used in advertising. It may not be legally valid, but we’re sure if company that tries to ink a deal, the fans will be ready to attack.
Alongside being a rapping member of the group, Yauch also directed many of their music videos under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér.”
Some of his other accomplishments include:
Opening Oscilloscope Labroatories recording studio in New York City in 2002
Starting an independent film distributing company called Oscilloscope Pictures
Directing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!, and the 2008 film Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot
Producing Build a Nation, the comeback album from hardcore/punk band Bad Brains
Receiving Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College (where he attended for two years), given “in recognition of a significant contribution to the American artistic or literary heritage.”