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Having entertained legions of fans for years, the Beastie Boys are household names and living legends.

Yet, many of the people they have interacted with are not nearly as recognizable. feels that the more one knows about band, the more one can truly appreciate all that went into the creation of their music. From the various DJs to various percussionists, the Who's Who is an attempt to include everyone who has in one way or another contributed to the Beastie Boys creative spirit.


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Russell Simmons

Russell "Rush" Simmons is the Beastie Boys first manager and the person responsible for signing them to Def Jam Records ... [ Go! ]

Ione Skye

Ione Skye is an actress who was married to Adam Horovitz from 1991 to 1998. She is best known for her role in the 1989 film Say Anything ... [ Go! ]

Amery Smith

Amery Smith is a musician who has performed on tour with Beastie Boys since the early 1990s. Smith, whose nickname is AWOL, is best known for his work with Suicidal Tendencies, DFL, BS 2000, and AgainST. He has been a long-time friend of Beastie Boys, and is pictured on the back of the Aglio E Olio album ... [ Go! ]

Hillary Snyder

Hillary Snyder has worked with the Beastie Boys on a number of their music videos. He was a production designer for the "Alive," "Intergalactic," "Body Movin'," and "Ch-Check It Out" videos ... [ Go! ]

Tim Sommer

Tim Sommer is a former WNYU radio DJ who supported the Beastie Boys in the band's early years by playing their songs for the first time on his weekly hardcore/punk program "Noise the Show." The 30-minute radio program began in 1981 as "Oi the Show" in a Tuesday evening time slot on WNYU and then switched over to Wednesday nights ... [ Go! ]

Bill Spitzer and Brian Lehrman

Staying within the theme of the Who's Who, we try to include anyone and everyone within one or two degrees of separation of the Beastie Boys. The reason is that we believe everything happens for a reason, and you can't truly appreciate the finished product unless you know the history behind how it all came together and happened ... [ Go! ]

Brenda Starr

Although one might think that mention of Brenda K. Starr is more apt to appear within the boundaries of a Mariah Carey website, she gets more than just a mention here at Why? Well, we're glad you asked. ... [ Go! ]


Sweepy has been a part of the breakdance scene for many years as a member of the Rock Steady Crew. In 1998, he took his robotic movements to the next level, playing the role of the Intergalactic Robot in the Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" video ... [ Go! ]

Three Bad Jewish Brothers

Three Bad Jewish Brothers is a musical act who performed on the stage of New York's Danceteria club in the late 1980s. With names like Funky Ishmael and Grand Master Jew, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, and Mike Diamond took turns on the microphone and lampooned Run-DMC with the help of their friends Josh Cheuse and Kio Turner. Turner played the role of Grand Master Jew and would spit lyrics like, "Grand Master Jew is the one in charge, he rocks the torah, that's truly large" ... [ Go! ]


Kenny Salcido, whose nickname is "Tick," is one third of the Latch Brothers, one of Mike Diamond's side projects ... [ Go! ]

Toxic Shock

Just prior to the time the Beastie Boys were forming as a New York hardcore punk band in 1981, drummer Kate Schellenbach was in several bands herself ... [ Go! ]

Adam Trese

Adam Trese was the drummer in the Young and the Useless, the band in which Adam Horovitz was a member before joining Beastie Boys ... [ Go! ]


Triphammer was a Beastie Boys side project whose origin dates back to before the 1985 Madonna Virgin tour. The band, which played hard rock music, was originally comprised of Tom Cushman on guitar, Adam Yauch on bass, and Mike Diamond on drums ... [ Go! ]

Triple Sly Crew

Triple Sly Crew was one of Adam Yauch's early side projects. The band members of Triple Sly Crew were Yauch, Kate Schellenbach, and Sarah Cox ... [ Go! ]

Urban Blight

Urban Blight is a New York City band who perform crossover music, which encompasses elements of reggae, ska, new jack swing, and hip hop. They were most active as a band in the early 1980s; however, they still perform shows on occasion today ... [ Go! ]

Andy VanDette

Andy VanDette was an engineer at Masterdisk, a mastering studio located in Manhattan, where Paul's Boutique was mastered and sequenced ... [ Go! ]


Chris "Wag" Wagner is the bassist for the band Mary's Danish, a member of the Latch Brothers (one of Mike Diamond's side projects), and Mike Diamond's brother-in-law. He is married to Kim Davis-Wagner, Tamra Davis' sister ... [ Go! ]

Lucy Wagner

Lucy Wagner is the daughter of Mary's Danish bassist Chris "Wag" Wagner and Kim Davis-Wagner, Tamra Davis' sister ... [ Go! ]

Walden Jazz Band

The Walden Jazz Band was Jeremy Shatan and Michael Diamond's first foray into the performing arts--although the line-up that featured them was actually the band's second incarnation. The original line-up consisted of Amy Burton on vocals, Jeremy's brother Greg Shatan on saxophone, Matt Penn on drums, Dave Chalat on guitar, and Joe Chalat on bass. Stan Free, composer of the early synthesizer hit "Popcorn" was the group's music director and vibes player ... [ Go! ]

Dechen Wangdu

Dechen Wangdu is Adam Yauch's wife and Tenzin Losel Yauch's mother. She is the American-born daughter of prominent Tibetan activists. She has been active in Students for a Free Tibet, the U.S. Tibet Committee, and the Tibetan Women's Association ... [ Go! ]
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