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Since the winter of 1986-87, when the Beastie Boys first started appearing on television with some regularity, fans have made an effort to record and preserve these interviews and performances. Ten years later (1996-97), fans began trading VHS video cassettes thanks to the burgeoning use of the internet. Compiling various clips was a challenge because in the USA video cassette recorders are NTSC formatted, whereas in Europe they are set to either the PAL or SECAM formats. This difference in formats required footage acquired from overseas to be converted with expensive international VCRs.

Around the turn of the century (1999), there was a great deal of talk regarding VCR to DVD recording possibilities. However, many DVD recorders were not compatible with other DVD players. Therefore a DVD+R or DVD-R that had been recorded on one machine may not be recognized when play was attempted in another DVD player. This opened the door for VCDs (video compact discs) to briefly be the media of choice among Beastie Boys video collectors/traders. It was not long though until DVD recorders came down in price and manufacturers ironed out the compatibility issues. In 2003, fans began to digitalized and archive their old clips either with stand alone DVD recorders or with computer software and in-tower CD/DVD burners. With high speed internet connections in most homes, trading digitalized footage became as simple as the click of a mouse. File sharing had largely replaced the old days of buying blank VHS tapes or DVDs, packaging the media up, and standing in line at the post office for hours.

In 2006, everything changed again. With the advent of YouTube, fans could upload digital footage of the Beastie Boys for others to see, but not necessarily download. In the past, only a select few had access to these old television interviews and performances. The popularity of YouTube and similar video streaming sites has had fans questioning the context: the who, what, where, when, and why of when a particular Beastie Boys interview was conducted. Even during the old days of VHS tape trading, footage was often labeled inaccurately or not labeled at all. So the challenge for us at Beastiemania.com was to find a way to organize these television clips chronologically and when possible provide as much information as we can about them. If you have footage which he have not yet included or more information about an appearance please email us here at the following address staff at Beastiemania dot com.

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Date Show Country
May 1998 TMF Channel 9 Portugal
May 1998 Much Music Portugal
May 1998 MTV News United States
May 1998 MTV News United States
May 1998 LNT JAM Portugal
6 April 1998 MTV News 1515 United States
6 April 1998 MTV News United States
1 April 1998 MTV Live United States
March 1998 MTV Live United States
24 Febuary 1998 MTV’s Week In Rock United States
1998 VH1 Before They Were Rock Stars United States
1998 SOJA Portrait: Beastie Boys
1998 MTV’s Celebrity Death Match United States
1998 MTV Top Ten Beastie Boys Music Videos United States
1998 MTV Beastieography United States
1998 MTV Argentina - Bla Bla Bla Argentina
1998 LNT Portugal
1998 ABC: Rolling Stone Magazine’s State of The Union United States
December 1997 French TV: Nulle Part Ailleurs France
December 1997 ABC Rolling Stone Magazine Anniversary Special United States
8 November 1997 MTV Week In Rock United States
2 November 1997 MTV: MTV News United States
November 1997 MTV: Thanksgiving Special United States
November 1997 MTV Live United States
9 June 1997 CNN United States
8 June 1997 Much Music Canada United States
8 June 1997 MTV Week in Rock United States
8 June 1997 MTV United States
June 1997 Sci-Fi Channel's C-Net The Web United States
June 1997 CNN Headline News United States
3 Febuary 1997 Space Show TV Japan
31 January 1997 MTV Japan
January 1997 CNN Financial News Network's It's Only Money United States
January 1997 CNN Financial News Network United States
1997 Oprah Winfrey Show, The United States
1997 E! Fashion File United States
October 1996 Team AJ United States
22 June 1996 MTV Week in Rock United States
15 June 1996 MTV Week in Rock United States
10 April 1996 MTV: MTV Week In Rock United States
10 April 1996 MTV: MTV News United States
1996 New York Public Broadcasting: In the Mix United States
1996 New York Cable Access: Adam Yauch Interview United States
1996 MTV: MTV Week in Rock United States
1996 MTV: Fashionably Loud United States
24 November 1995 MTV: Week in Rock United States
27 October 1995 MTV: MTV News United States
1 June 1995 Channel 10 News United States
June 1995 E! United States
June 1995 BET: Rap City United States
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