There’s a Beastie Boys memoir coming later this year

It's been in the works for years

The Beastie Boys are finally set to release their long-awaited memoir this autumn, Mike D has confirmed.

The two surviving members of the pioneering hip-hop trio, Mike D and Ad-Rock, have been reportedly working on the book since 2013. It was initially set for a 2015 release, before being pushed back ’til 2017. Now, it seems, the autobiography will finally see the light of day this year.

Speaking on Beats 1 with Matt Wilkinson, Mike D confirmed that the pair 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.”

Listen back to the interview snippet here.

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.

Speaking about the process behing the book back in 2015, Ad-Rock 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.