Mike D and Ad-Rock Penning Beastie Boys Book


Michael Diamond (a.k.a Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the surviving members of the Beastie Boys, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for a book celebrating the life and times of one of the music world’s most influential and groundbreaking bands. The book is as-yet untitled, but publisher is expected to be release the retrospective in the fall of 2015. Spiegel & Grau’s publisher Julie Grau told the New York Times that the book deal had been discussed with the group in the past but was tabled due to the third Beastie Boy’s Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) diagnosis with cancer of the salivary gland, which sadly resuluted in his death last May.

“After Yauch died, I didn’t push them,” Mr. Janklow said, “but I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them.”

In unrelated news, Mike D has been running a free food truck with friends feeding Hurricane Sandy victims in the Rockaways, serving over 19,000 meals to those affected by the storm six months ago.

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Is Dead

This one hurts to report. Adam Yauch, better known as MCA and a co-founder of groundbreaking New York hip-hop group The Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48. In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. Since then he underwent surgery and radiation therapy. Yauch didn’t appear when his group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his health had reportedly delayed the trio’s upcoming Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. Yauch was active in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late ’90s. The Beastie Boys’ most recent music video was released last year for the song “Make Some Noise.” The two surviving members of the band — Mike D and Ad Rock — haven’t released a statement as of yet.

Said Moby via Twitter upon learning of Yauch’s passing: “I’m very very sad to hear of adam yauch’s passing. He was a wonderful, generous, remarkable, and inspiring man and friend.”