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Beastie Boys Writing a Memoir

MCs are 'interested in challenging the form,' publisher says

April 29, 2013 8:25 AM ET
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'Ad-Rock' and 'Mike D' of the Beastie Boys.
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The Beastie Boys are planning a memoir commemorating their music and career, but it won't be a straightforward narrative-style remembrance. Instead, surviving members Mike D and Ad-Rock plan to create a loosely structured oral history featuring a mix of their voices, outside contributors and images, cut through with their characteristic irreverent humor, The New York Times reports.

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz have signed a deal with the Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau for the still-untitled book, which will be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins for a planned release in the fall of 2015. 

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Diamond and Horovitz are "interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience," Julie Grau, the publisher of Spiegel & Grau, said. "There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up."

The MCs want to strike a tone similar to Grand Royal, the magazine they published briefly in the Nineties to dig into their pop-culture interests, their agent, Luke Janklow, said.

"The first words out of Mike's mouth were, 'I don't want to do a straight memoir,'" Janklow said. He noted that the band had discussed the idea of a book several years ago before Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland. Yauch, known as MCA, died last year at 47.

Their publisher has experience with untraditional memoirs by rappers: Spiegel & Grau also published Jay-Z's 2010 book Decoded.

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