Beastie Boys Book

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
12 hours 42 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.
The inspiration for the Spike Jonze “live documentary” Beastie Boys Story.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Rolling Stone • The Guardian • Paste  

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; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill—and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty 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

Praise for Beastie Boys Book

“A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”—Rolling Stone
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An homage to early 1980’s NYC a d a collection of i finny and quirky stories, read by ADRock and Mike D plus a slew of celebrity guest narrators. It’s funny, interesting, heartwarming and entertaining all at once. The only audiobook I’ve listened to multiple times. Can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who grew up in that era ,a

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If you love the beastie boys you will love this book! It’s a nice dedication to the one they lost!

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I have the hard copy as well as listened to this. So many amazing extras in the audio version. The guest readers were a fantastic bonus.

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Jennifer S.

Love this!! Every bit of it!!

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Thomas L.

Loved the voices - loved the talent, passion and innovation - hard work separates all - Saw the boys at cbgb’s epic night. Hope they perform again - Adam would love it. FANtastic!

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Brendon B.

Clarification on much of the lore we just assumed or accepted as young fans. Great collection of voices.

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Susan M.

Couldn’t get through it. Not interesting.

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Jason S.

A truly unique and entertaining approach to an audiobook. After listening to audiobooks regularly for a couple years, this has been the best! Great collection of chronological essays/stories with a diverse A-list cast of narrarators. Highly recommended for any fan of the Beastie Boys or any fan of music and music biographies.

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Eric G.

This book is a must for anyone that's ever been a fan or a music lover !

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