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Publisher's Summary

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 30 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)

©2018 Michael Diamond (P)2018 Random House Audio

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amazing!

a delight in every way imaginable. so much to take in, for fans of everything punk, hip hop, NYC and everything in between.

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  • Chuck
  • Rochester, New York United States
  • 11-08-18

One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too

I could be described as a casual fan, not a huge fan of the Beastie Boys. This was a fantastic audiobook. The cast of readers from the surviving members and former band mates was great, , and frankly the story of their lives in general to this very day was interesting.

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  • JG
  • 11-05-18

A Love Letter to Adam Yauch

This book is a must for any fan. It reads like a love letter to Adam Yauch, which I love.. but it's also filled with great stories and process. The readings gave me chills multiple times. By the end, everyone will wish they were cool enough to have noticed the gift that was their last album. They did something only they could do, just as they did with this audiobook.

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Aw Yeah...

Just like the McDLT, Beasties keeping the hot side hot, and the cool side cool."

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Oh My God, That's the Funky Sh*t

If you can feel what I'm feeling then it's a musical masterpiece/ If you can hear what I'm dealing with then that's cool at least/ What's running through my mind comes through in my walk/ True feelings are shown from the way that I talk

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thank you for the memories love the Beastie boys.

a lot of 40's and some serious smoking
while listening to license to ill.
def jam

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Consider this audiobook a must have Beasties album

My gawd this book is amazing. Hearing the stories from their own mouth and readings from the list of celebs with Beasties cred is worth every penny or audible credit.

Snoop Dogg telling the story of the origin of Paul Revere by itself is a masterpiece.

RIP MCA. Beasties live forever!

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Goes together perfectly with the hardcover book

I bought the hardcover book as well, but this audiobook makes for the perfect combination.
The hardcover has high-quality pictures and this audiobook has real stars on the audiobook.
Best of both worlds. Not only for the bigger Beastie Boys fan.

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  • emalea
  • lexington, kentucky
  • 11-14-18

out. standing.

I laughed. I cried. I took notes. I will listen to this book and the playlists it inspired again and again. Thank you for helping me close the loop while also leaving it wide open for rediscovering the Beasties and the me the Beastie Boys had a role in crafting, over and over.

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Seriously a must listen for any music fan

if you even slightly like music and music history, you should listen to this. the amount of knowledge and history the beastie boys have and were a part of is downright amazing. the artists and people they have telling the stories is wonderful.