The surviving members of the Grammy-winning hip-hop band Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock and Mike D, have compiled a memoir that might as well be called War and Beast. The tome, which features contributions from A-list fans, weighs in at 592 pages.
The memoir, out October 30th, will reportedly cover topics including the band’s “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.”
No wonder it’s 592 pages: It has more plot points than Red Sparrow. It will also reportedly be a multidisciplinary undertaking, featuring a cookbook from chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, mixtape playlists, and written contributions from Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, and the left-field choice of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead. Is this book trying to win an EGOT?
The Boys first announced this memoir in 2013, one year after the death of co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch, and elaborated on the book’s “everything but the kitchen sink” approach in an interview earlier this year:
“I don’t think [band books] 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,” said member Mike D on Beats 1.
The “messy fallout” over License to Ill alluded to earlier partially concerned the homophobic lyrics and original title for the album – Don’t Be A Faggot, for which, Ad-Rock aka Adam Horovitz later apologized. In 1999, Horovitz wrote a letter to Time Out New York stating, “I would like to… formerly apologize to the entire gay and lesbian community for the shitty and ignorant things we said on our first record. There are no excuses. But time has healed our stupidity… We have learned and sincerely changed since the ’80s… We hope that you’ll accept this long overdue apology.”