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Beastie Boys Book

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The stories are largely chronological but there are hardly any mentions of years or dates, making it hard to tell exactly when things are happening; the only real clues are the mentions of albums or songs.

Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys' New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises. Run-DMC and The Sugerhill Gang was blaring out of tape cassettes while cars cruised through Brooklyn and Harlem.The contents of the final chapters--and what's absent from them--will stick with me for a long time. 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. Their debut album Licensed to Ill – brimming with strange, controversial frat-boy satire – launched a phenomenon that would continue for some 18 years, the group consistently reinventing their sound. The book is a beautiful tribute to the long-lasting friendship of the "boys" and their departed bandmate, Adam Yauch (MCA). I never knew how it all came swinging from one end, disco music, to straight up hip hop, rap and electronic music.

In its images and fractured mini-chapters, this book continues with the style of those early collaborations, unfortunaely minus the influence of Yauch. So many voices and stories tell the rich and moving tale of the journey of the NYC punks from rappers to musical mischief makers.Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.

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