- 16 Oct 18
Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
Faber & Faber
As well as their profound impact on ’80s and ’90s alternative music, New York rap icons the Beastie Boys’ influence spread into art, fashion, film and publishing; a fact acknowledged by the contributions to this superb memoir from the likes of SNL star Amy Poehler and cult filmmakers Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze.
Beautifully assembled by band members ADROCK and Mike D, the book tracks the group’s metamorphosis from bratty, tabloid-baiting punks to socially conscious outfit, with the 1997 Free Tibet concerts – organised by the sadly departed Adam Yauch – a virtual who’s who of the decade’s most vital rock and hip-hop acts.
There are lovely details throughout, such as the revelation that Yauch became a massive Stiff Little Fingers fan on the back of the classic ‘Alternative Ulster’. A hugely compelling read.