Beastie Boys delay release of autobiography until at least 2017

Ad-Rock says 'there's no way it's going to happen' this year, despite earlier reports the book would come out this year

Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys has said that his and Mike D’s memoir will now not be relased until at least 2017.

The musicians, real names Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond, were due to put out a joint autobiograpy later this year. In 2013 the two remaining members of the hip-hop group signed a deal with Random House imprint, Spiegel & Grau. The New York Times reported that the book was unlikely to follow the structure of a traditional biography, focusing instead on a “pastiche of voices, images, irreverent humor and pop-culture reference points”.

The third member of the group, Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, died in 2012. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and succumbed to the disease on May 4, 2012, aged 47.


When asked by Rolling Stone if the book was still due to come out in 2015, Horovitz – who will star in director Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young – responded by saying: “No!… There’s no way it’s going to happen [before 2017]. I might get sued by saying this, but I’m just being realistic.”

Speaking about the process behind the book, Horovitz said: “I write a bunch of stuff and I send it to Mike, and Mike writes a bunch of stuff and he sends it to me. We just comment and have arguments on what we wrote. It’s more difficult to remember than it is emotionally. It’s fun. I’m remembering the fun things; not the depressing things. It’s going to be a weird book. [Publisher Spiegel & Grau] are giving us the freedom and leeway to do whatever we want.”

Julie Grau of Spiegel and Grau offered some insight into what fans can expect from the book upon its release, suggesting it may take a similar tone and form to the group’s 1990s magazine Grand Royal. The Beastie Boys are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience”, Grau said in an interview. “There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.” The book will be edited by Sacha Jenkins, a hip-hop journalist, and will be loosely structured as an oral history of the group from their beginnings in the music industry to the death of Adam Yauch.


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