Beastie Boys sign memoir deal a year after Yauch’s death

The Beastie Boys in Barcelona in 2007.  Credit:  Michael Morel via Wikipedia Commons
The Beastie Boys in Barcelona in 2007.
Credit: Michael Morel via Wikipedia Commons

A number of rock memoirs have hit bookstands recently including those of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Pete Townshend.

A year after Adam Yauch died the remaining members of the Beastie Boys announce they plan on writing a memoir.

Much like the Beastie Boys’ music, the memoir promises to be electric and not a typical straight-forward narrative.

Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D, and Adam Horovitz, a.k.a. Ad-Rock, the two surviving members of the hip-hop group signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, according to the New York Times.

The memoir has yet to be named and is scheduled to be released in fall 2015.

Julie Grau, the publisher of Spiegel & Grau, said readers should not expect the Beastie Boys’ memoir to be anything like those of other classic rockers such as Clapton and Richards.

The Beastie Boys are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience,” Grau said in an interview with the New York Times. “There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”

Luke Janklow, the group’s agent, told the Times he had been in talks with the Beastie Boys several years ago about a book but the conversation was dropped after Yach was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.

“After Yach died, I didn’t push them,” he said. “But I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizeing that it was the right time for them.”

Yauch, the third member of the Beastie Boys died last year after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer. He was 47.

Yauch was a hometown hero for New York City. As news of his death spread a number of locations throughout the city turning into makeshift memorials commemorating MCA.

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