Adam Yauch performs at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, August 4, 2007. The release of Beastie Boys’ first full album ‘Licenced to Ill’ in 1986 broke them into the mainstrean by becoming the the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard album chart, and featured the track ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’.
When Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame two weeks ago, Yauch was too ill to go. At the ceremony, Ad-Rock and Mike D read a letter from Yauch: “I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” he wrote. “They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours.”
Yauch had an enduring passion for film. Working under a pseudonym Nathanial Hornblower, he directed many of the band’s music videos, including ‘Intergalactic.’ In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories – a studio that later put out films including Kelly Reichardt’s drama ‘Wendy and Lucy’ and street artist Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’.
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