The Beastie Boys Companion: 2 Decades of Commentary

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The Beastie Boys began as the pop novelty act of the Eighties: three white middle-class teenagers who rapped. Chugging a combination of hardcore aesthetics and hip hop sensibility, the Beastie Boys tore through an early career that was marked by controversy, fascinating experimentation, a tabloid war, and millions of albums sold. As genre-smashers, the Beastie Boys created musical possibilities that had not existed before their mix of hip hop, rock, hardcore, funk, and penetrating irony refashioned pop music. The...
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Overview

The Beastie Boys began as the pop novelty act of the Eighties: three white middle-class teenagers who rapped. Chugging a combination of hardcore aesthetics and hip hop sensibility, the Beastie Boys tore through an early career that was marked by controversy, fascinating experimentation, a tabloid war, and millions of albums sold. As genre-smashers, the Beastie Boys created musical possibilities that had not existed before their mix of hip hop, rock, hardcore, funk, and penetrating irony refashioned pop music. The Beasties now approach the end of the century as cultural arbiters and social activists. And the Beastie Revolution continues.

The Beastie Boys Companion is the first collection of writings on the band, and it gathers together interviews and concert reviews; album reviews from every stage of Beastie production; and critical essays on every facet of the Beastie movement. The Beastie Boys Companion is a guide to the explosive musical experiment that is the Beastie Revolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825671593
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2000
  • Series: Companion Series
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Mirror, Mirror: Beastie Boys Go AWOL in America xiii
Part 1 From White Castle to the Nile
A Beasties Timeline: 1981-1987 3
The Beastie Boys: Hip Hop to the Cookie Puss Slop (1984) 6
Beauty & the Beastie Boys (1985) 9
Something Like a Phenomenon: the 99 Records Story (1998) 11
From "Rhythm & Blues" (1987) 58
Beastie Boys Denied Right to Party in San Diego (1987) 59
Boos Turn Into Bravos for the Beastie Boys (1987) 60
High School Equivalency Test (1987) 62
The Beastie Boys Take Over? (1987) 68
"Together Forever" Incites Good and Ill Will (1987) 76
Hip Hop, from the Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (1999) 78
"If I Played Guitar I'd Be Jimmy Page": on Being Young, White and Beastial in Late-'80S Suburbia (1999) 80
Part 2 Your Crystal Ball Ain't So Crystal Clear
A Beasties Timeline: 1987-1994 87
Building the Perfect Beastie Album (1989) 89
How Ya Like 'Em Now? (1989) 91
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1989) 95
"Space Cake Cookie, I Discover Who I am": Spiritual Shopping with Paul's Boutique (1999) 101
Beastie Boys Check in with Hybrid Set (1992) 104
Beastie Boyz II Men (1992) 106
Beasties Renew Their License to Ill (1994) 109
Beastie Boys (1994) 111
Recording on the Fly (1994) 118
The Beauty of the Beasties (1994) 122
When Will These Old Guys Shut Up? (1994) 131
Sonic Youth, from the Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (1999) 135
Part 3 Smarter Than Spock
A Beasties Timeline: 1995-1999 141
They Play Like Amateurs, and They're Darned Proud of it (1995) 142
An Interview with Adam Yauch (1996) 144
Freeing the Festival (1997) 159
Sensitive B-Boys (1999) 164
You Gotta Fight for Your Right to the Stairmaster! (1998) 167
Beastie Boys (1999) 169
The Beastie Boys: Keen-Eared Survivors (1998) 177
Keep Watching the Skies: an Alien Abduction Inspired Review of Hello Nasty (1999) 179
Selected Bibliography 187
A Beastie Boys Discography 189
Beastie Web Sites 190
About the Contributors 191
Permissions 194
About the Editors 196
Index 197
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