A new history of the Beastie Boys is in the works, penned by the band’s surviving members.
As The New York Times report, the tome will arrive in 2015 through Random House offshoot Spielgel & Grau, previously responsible for Jay-Z’s Decoded. The imprint promise a comprehensive history of the group, “loosely structured as an oral history” and spotted with photographs and images. Hip-hop writer Sacha Jenkins, previously responsible for graffiti history Piecebook, will edit the book.
According to publisher Julie Grau, Ad-Rock and Mike D are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.” Grau also compares the book to the group’s mid-1990s Grand Royal zine, a riotous guide to the band’s unique range of interests (Lee ‘Scratch Petty’, demolition derby, Bruce Lee).
Talks about a possible memoir began a couple of years ago, but were waylaid by the tragic death of Beasties member Adam ‘MCA’ Yaunch from cancer in 2012. According to the band’s agent Luke Jankow: “After Yauch died, I didn’t push them, but I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them.”