By Dawn Cranfield
Beastie Boys Memoir Slated for Publication in 2015
Iconic rap group, Beastie Boys, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau to publish the bands’ memoirs. The surviving members of the famous trio, Michael Diamond (aka Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) want the book to be a reflection of the band, eclectic and stimulating.
While it is apparent from the Beastie Boys’ website they are still mourning the loss of founding member Adam Yauch (aka MCA) who passed away in 2012 at the age of 47 from cancer of the salivary gland, they are looking towards the future. The book will be a celebration of the history of the band and their accomplishments.
The Beastie Boys have a long history with their fans, from their first successful album, “Licensed to Ill” in 1986, their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 (one of only three rap groups to acquire this honor), to selling more than 40 million albums worldwide. They are clearly a fan favorite.
According to Julie Grau, publisher at Spiegel & Grau, the Beastie Boys are “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.” (nytimes.com)
Several years ago, the groups’ agent, Luke Janklow, talked to them about creating a book; however, the idea was shelved when Yauch became ill.
“After Yauch died, I didn’t push them,” Mr. Janklow said, “but I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them.” (nytimes.com)
Janklow and Grau have both described the layout of the memoir to be parallel to the Beastie Boys’ magazine, Grand Royal. The magazine ranged from wit, to pop-culture, to lampoon. One of their most famous articles was “Mulling over the mullet” satirizing the mullet hairstyle. While widely celebrated, the 1990s magazine was short-lived.
The unique memoir will not be the typical first person narrative; it is, after all, the legendary Beastie Boys. There will be a robust visual component and contributions from various writers. The book will be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins and will be structured as an oral history of the group.
According to Janklow, of Janklow & Nesbit, “The first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir.” (nyctimes.com)
Expect the title of the book to be announced next week by the publisher Spiegel & Grau, and to see the book hit the shelves in the fall of 2015.