Time To Get Ill: Beastie Boys Memoir On Its Way

By Kyle Eustice

 

Beastie Boys’ Mike D recently chopped it up with Beats 1 Radio host and former NME editor Matt Wilkinson who inquired about the Beastie Boys memoir that’s been in the works since 2013. When asked how the book was coming along, Mike D replied, “swimmingly” before revealing it would come out this fall.

“We’re actually going to finish it,” he said. “I think it’s going to come out finally. Like many things we embark on, there were many false starts and honestly directions we went in we realized were not the direction we should be going in. It’s going to be coming out in fall of this year.”

The surviving members of the New York City trio — Mike D and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz — lost fellow Beastie Adam “MCA” Yauch in 2012 from cancer, shortly after putting out their eighth studio album, 2011’s Hot Sauce Committee Part II. The memoir will focus on the early days but go into present day as well, according to Mike D.

“It’s everything and the kitchen sink,” he explained. “To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from. So New York City in the ’80s, 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.”

“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,” he continued. “But actually, I don’t think they do the subject matter justice because it’s kinda surreal what happens in bands’ lives, so you kind of have to use all dimensions to tell the story more accurately.”

Although Mike D says they “aren’t writers,” he added, “I can say pretty confidently, it will be unlike any other music book.”

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