The Beastie Book Review
So, you want to buy a book about the Beastie Boys, but you're not a completist like us? You're just not sure which ones are worth your hard earned cash and which ones aren't worth the pulp they're printed on. Luckily, your friends at Beastiemania.com own all of the following books and are willing to give you some recommendations. We strive to keep our website up-to-date, so let us know if you find a Beastie book that we don't have. The following books are 100% Beastie relevant.
The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3) by Dan LeRoy
When Paul's Boutique is remastered and re-released, Capitol Records needs to contract with Dan LeRoy to include this book with each album sold. Simply put, the book is the owners manual which should have come with the album. It tells the story of the Beastie Boys' departure from Def Jam, their subsequent signing to Capitol Records and the work that went into making their sample laden opus. But the book is much more than that. Without giving too much away, Dan LeRoy has successfully debunked some of the myths that circulated among fans for over a decade. Instead of repeating the same old "half-truths," the author finally answers questions e.g. was there really a Paul's Boutique clothing store, did the Beastie Boys do a Paul's Boutique tour, and whose vocals are heard rapping on the B-side song "Your Sister's Def?" By conducting new interviews as the basis of his research, Mr. LeRoy has set himself head and shoulders above previous authors. The stories told within this book are largely new, even to us here at Beastiemania.com! This book is a must have and with a relatively low print run, it promises to be sought after for years to come.
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Pass the Mic: Beastie Boys 1991-1996 by Ari Marcopoulos
The absolute best Beastie Boy book. Includes hundreds of photos of the Beastie Boys playing at gigs, jamming at G-Son, and hanging out in each other's company. Marcopoulos followed them during the year previous to Check Your Head all through post Ill Communication. If you buy one Beastie Boys book, this should be it.
New Yorkers Against Violence: Photographs From A Benefit Concert In Response to the Events of September 11, 2001 by David Raccuglia
The book clocks in at a little under 100 pages of photographs from the two New Yorkers Against Violence concerts. Features photographs of the Beastie Boys, Mix Master Mike, Cibo Matto, the Roots, and the rest of the artists who performed.
When the Iron Bird Flies by Danny Clinch
Nearly 200 pages of photographs that document the first three Tibetan Freedom Concerts. Clinch photographed nearly every act that played, not to mention the people surrounding the events. Within you'll find photographs of the Beastie Boys, monks and nuns, the Milarepa staff, and even panoramas of the crowds. An amazing book that captures to spirit of the concerts. Buy it.
The Beastie Boys Anthology: Sounds Of Science
Packaged with the 4x 12" vinyl album boxset edition of the anthology, the book features commentary by the band on each track, plus never before published photos. The book that accompanies the vinyl edition of 6000 has a handful of photos not seen in the cd version.
White Cool Factory by Inaki Fernandez
An imported book from Spain completely written in Spanish. This book comes with a fold out poster and some very nice color photographs. It consists of 64 pages and Beastienut thinks it is well worth picking up, even if you don't read Spanish.
Beastie Boys Scrapbook by Babylon Books
If you are a fan of the Licensed To Ill period or have ever been curious about just how wild the British tabloid stories were, this book is a must have. Although its shortcoming is that it just simply reprints tabloid article after tabloid article for fifty pages, the historical significance of stories like Horovitz's arrest following the infamous Liverpool concert riot make it worth reading. On the other hand, if you would just as soon like to forget that Michael Diamond was once the whipping boy (insert your own joke here) of the British Press you are probably better off without this old relic.
Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty Song Book (Piano, Vocal, Guitar) by Hal Leonard
If you´re big into reading sheet music by the boys, then this book is for you. This book covers piano, vocal and guitar riffs for every song off the Hello Nasty album. This would be an excellent buy to learn and play some beastie hits!
Ask For Janice by Jim Mahfood
This mini-comic book is an animated look at the Paulís Boutique era. The 32 pages read like a Cliff Notes version of Dan LeRoyís 33 1/3 book.
The comic book was made in the true spirit of a DIY artist and publisher. The saddle-stitched staples are crooked and the blue cover isnít quite centered over the inner pages. The black and white art is well done and brings a little life to the Paulís Boutique stories of eggs, drugs, and the G-Spot. The first 11 pages capture the events from the end of Licensed To Ill through the completion of Paulís Boutique. All of the key characters are present from the Dust Brothers to Ricky Powell to Mario Caldato Jr. Each of the remaining pages is devoted to each track on Paulís Boutique...just as a mini-version of Dan LeRoyís book. The inside back cover is a brief description of how Paulís Boutique has influenced the author/artist Jim Mahfood. For more information about the artist you can check out: www.40ozcomics.com and www.myspace.com/mahfood. The books are considered a ďsuper-limited edition mini-comic experienceĒ with only 200 printed. [Review by Laver1969]
Rhymin' and Stealin': A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey
This book is a good read for someone who is new to the Beastie Boys. Seasoned fans will find nothing here that they previously didn't know. Most everything the author writes about can be found on the internet, for free nonetheless. The only thing noteworthy about the book is that Beastiemania.com's own 9thbeastie and AstroBBoy have their names written in print.
Crazily enough, the Japanese version comes with the cover to the right and a possible omission of our 9thbeastie and AstroBBoy (although as AstroBBoy writes "I didnt look too hard").
The Beastie Boys Companion: 2 Decades of Commentary by John Rocco
Another not-so-stellar book. The book is primarily a collection of articles that have been compiled by the author. The articles were written from 1985-1999 and again feature nothing that you can't learn from the internet.
Beastie Boys: In Their Own Words by Michael Heatley
Ari Marcopoulos is to Michael Heatley as the Beastie Boys are to any convoluted pop drivel. How this man published this collection of interview quotes is beyond reason. What is worse is that fans were actually suckered into buying this book. Luckily for you, we here at Beastiemania.com are trying our damnedest to prevent you from making the same mistake we did. Take the money you would have spent on this book and put it towards buying one of the photography books above.
Pocket Essentials: Beastie Boys by Richard Luck
As the title suggests, this is quite a small book (both in actual size and length) coming in at a little under 100 pages. This contains what I would consider to be small essays on each album.