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A Beastie Boys Memoir Will Be Published Sometime This Year, Mike D Confirms

 

A tell-all Beastie Boys memoir, charting the band's rise, has long been in the works. Now, it seems like it might finally be coming to fruition.

The book is apparently due for release later in 2018. In an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, member Mike D announced that fans should expect it in the fall of this year.

Mike D, along with fellow surviving Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, have reportedly been working on the tome since 2013. There was a talk of it being released back in 2015, before being pushed back to 2017. However, Mike D explained that they're still finetuning it at the moment.

"Like many things we embark on, there are many false starts and, honestly, directions we went in that we realized were not the directions we should be going in," he advised.

The book was originally described by Random House imprint publisher Spiegel & Grau as a "multidimensional experience." Julie Grau said in an interview at the time that the group was "interested in challenging the form." While Mike D didn't really allude to this in his Beats 1 interview, he noted that the time period would be important.

"To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from. So New York City in the Eighties, you had all this incredible, exciting music, art, film. All of that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it, so I think that's Number One," he said.

He did, however, stress that it would not be the typical, run-of-the-mill music biography because that's not where their specific talents lie. Even their writing process isn't typical.

Back in 2015, Ad-Rock advised that he and Mike D were sending stuff back and forth to each other and forming a cohesive narrative in that way rather than sitting down and just hammering it all out.

"I think a lot of times when I read a band book or I watch a music documentary, maybe I'm just kind of ADD, I get a little bored," Mike D explained.

He reckons that to do the often "kinda surreal" subject matter justice, more dimensions have to be used in order to tell the story more effectively, proclaiming that their memoir "will be unlike any other music book."

The Beastie Boys were a pioneering rap trio in the nineties, selling nearly 30 million records in the US alone and 50 million worldwide throughout their more than 20-year career, making them one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time. Member Adam "MCA" Yauch sadly passed away in 2012, aged just 47, after the years-long battle with cancer.

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