Beastie Boys’ memoir will include a graphic novel, cookbook, playlists and more

The 592-page book is released later this year

Beastie Boys have announced the full details about their forthcoming memoir, titled ‘Beastie Boys Book’.

The initial announcement about the book was made earlier this year. The two surviving members of the pioneering hip-hop trio, Mike D and Ad-Rock, have been reportedly working on it since 2013.

The Beastie Boys Book will be 592 pages long and will feature contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante and more.


According to a press release, it will also include “rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook from chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors and many more surprises.”

The book will offer “revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique.”

Officially announcing the book via their Twitter account, the Beastie Boys wrote: “I’m not sure if you remember, but a while ago we said we were gonna write a book about our band. Well, it’s almost done and it’s coming out soon. This is what it’s gonna look like. Kinda nice, right?”

You can that tweet and a picture of the cover below.


You can pre-order the Beastie Boys book here, where it’s retailing for £30.00.

Earlier this year, Mike D spoke to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 about the book, saying that he and Ad-Rock are “actually going to finish it, and it’s going to come out finally.”

He continued: “Like many things we embark on, there are many false starts and directions we went in that were not the directions we should be going in, but it’s going to be coming out in the fall of this year.”