Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography: A Musical Biography

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 4, 2011 - Music - 154 pages
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Ever since they hit the big time with their 1986 rock/rap debut Licensed to Ill, the first rap album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200, the Beastie Boys have been a cultural bellwether, the likes of which was unseen before or since. Their association with MTV made the Beasties instant poster children for an unprecedented phase of integration, both musical and racial. Their music, a pastiche of sounds that spans decades and genres, influenced the course of popular music and continues to do so today.

Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography tells the story of the band, from its beginnings through its ongoing critical and commercial success. Fans can read about the group's origins, the training of its members, its awards and accomplishments, and its influence on pop culture. Authoritative yet concise, this lively overview covers everything from the band's unique sound to their collaborations with leading filmmakers on their award-winning videos.

 

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Contents

A Brief PreBeastie History of Hiphop and Punk Rock in New York City
1
The Beasties Come Together
9
The Beastie Boys Are Licensed to Ill the Rest of the World Is Appalled
25
The Beasties Retreat to Pauls Boutique
43
The Beastie Boys Get Taken Seriously without Getting Serious
61
The Beasties Extracurricular Activities
81
The Beastie Boys Are the Biggest Band on the Planet
99
Beastie Boys as Elder Statesmen
119
Selected Discography
137
Bibliography
143
Index
149
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Jonathan Zwickel is a freelance writer living in Seattle, WA.

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