"Beastie Boys Book" is expansive.
The Beastie Boys don't get the respect they deserve. While hip-hop's veterans are concerned about the latest generation's disrespect of Tupac and Biggie, no one seems to be concerned about the legacy that the Beastie Boys left behind. Def Jam probably wouldn't have lasted more than a few years without Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA (rest in peace).
The long-awaited memoir, written by Mike D and Ad-Rock, which is based on the careers of each member of the legendary group is set to hit shelves this October. According to Rolling Stone, the 592-page book also features contributions from Amy Poehler, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead and author Luc Sante, among others. The memoir can be pre-ordered here.
The description of the book states that the, "Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom." That's putting it lightly. It continues on to say, "Adam “AD-ROCK” 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 almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique."
TMZ caught up with Mike D at the airport, where he claimed that the memoir would be "unlike any other music book." Beastie Boys Book will be officially available on October 30th.