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Editorial Reviews

Paul's Boutique was an unexpected album from the Beastie Boys, and its unabashed geekiness and exposure of the band's white middle-class roots were blamed for its commercial failure. Narrator Joshua Swanson's casual, laid-back performance complements this exploration of the background behind the Beastie Boys' sophomore effort, which came to be seen as a masterpiece with a lasting impact on popular culture. Swanson makes listeners feel as though they are hanging out with the Beastie Boys and the crew behind their album, including Matt Dike and the Dust Brothers, whose samples and retro aesthetic are now widely considered groundbreaking and influential.

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Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album – an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group's career. But not only did Paul's Boutique eventually transform the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hip-hop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.

©2006 Dan LeRoy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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if you really dig music and want to know more...

If you are a music lover / music geek like me then these books from the 33 1/3 series are great ear candy. More than just a "how this great record was made" book, it covers what was going on at the time with the artists, their posse, the music industry overall, etc. Check them all out from the 33 1/3 series.

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Great story/album but narrator butchers names

Really enjoying the story of how one of the greatest albums got made. The background of the times and personalities at the time, and specific details of the individual tracks are great to hear... Really enjoy the story..

And the narrator is decent enough reading the facts, but he has been butchering the names of people involved... And it's been driving me crazy...

He's butchered a lead character: Adam Yauch (calling him Yuke), supporting characters Ione Skye (calling her I-on), song names (Cookie Puss is called Kook-e), and famous icon Alfred E Neuman (calling him Noyman)...

I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for butchering one of the three main guys... I've been listening to the Beastie Boys since 89, and at first the narrator had me thinking I was pronouncing MCA's name wrong all these years... Until I heard his weird pronunciations for other names that I was sure of... It really takes you out of the flow of the story..

I drive a lot, so audiobooks are a great way to catch up on books I've wanted to read but didn't have the time... But in this case, I think I would have rather just found the paper version and read that...

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Enlightening and Entertaining

This is a great look into one the best albums ever made. As most of you (should) know, PB is a VERY complex record, and Dan LeRoy manages to shed quite a bit of light on both the ingredients and the cooks responsible. It's worth checking out, and makes one wiser for their next listen to PB.

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Great book, terrible narration

The story of how the album was made is wonderful. But it is painfully obvious that the narrator knows nothing of the subject matter and was not prepared ahead of time by the producers. He butchered many of the easily recognizable names, sometimes in different ways at different parts of the production. He even mispronounces the name Newman at one point. Bernie Goetz ("Gets") becomes Bernie "Goats."

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Great story horrible narration

I wish I had read the reviews before starting this. Joshua Swanson can not say Adam Yauch's name the same way twice in a row. Every time he says it, it is different. That doesn't make sense as he is one of the main subjects on the book...and he's famous!!!

Also his over annunciation of "Licence to Ill" drives me nuts.