It’s been in the works for years now, and perhaps this is one sign that the project is getting closer to being complete. Sources confirm that the TV and film rights for the untitled BEASTIE BOYS MEMOIR are now available. The book is being penned by Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, the two surviving members of the iconic New York hip-hop trio following the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch in 2012. The book will be published by Spiegal & Grau, with an expected publishing date sometime in 2017.
The project is being described as an oral history of the band and its times, in which Mike D and Ad-Rock trace the Beasties’ origins as a New York City high school hardcore band in 1981 through their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while famous writers and cultural figures comment on their influence and legacy.
The Beastie Boys first came together in punk scene of the early 80’s, but after teaming up with a young Rick Ruben and Russell Simmons, made a shift into hip-hop. Over the next 25 years, the trio would release hit albums that helped to shape the landscape of American hip-hop, including Licensed to Ill, Paul’s Boutique and Hello Nasty. Their singles Brass Monkey, No Sleep Til Brooklyn, Intergalactic and Sabotage became part of the musical fabric of the 80’s and 90’s. Attracting legions of fans with their specific style of rap-rock, The Beastie Boys toured internationally with hip hop greats Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., and Cypress Hill. In 2012, the group was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In March of 2015, when the initially announced publishing date was impending, Horovitz told Rolling Stone that he did not expect the book to be completed before 2017. He added, “It’s going to be a weird book.” With the blockbuster success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, it’s easy to see why there would nevertheless be feverish interest in landing the rights to The Beastie Boys’ story–a story that would offer a parallel narrative to the rise of gangster rap on the West Coast during the same time period.
The project is repped by Luke Janklow of Janklow & Nesbit.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor