Beastie Boys Book Audiobook, by Adam Horovitz Play Audiobook Sample

Beastie Boys Book Audiobook

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Read By: Various , Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond, various narrators Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781984828217

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

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Longest Chapter Length:

34:06 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:07 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

07:36 minutes

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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.   The inspiration for the Spike Jonze “live documentary” Beastie Boys Story, coming soon to IMAX theaters and Apple TV+ NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Rolling Stone • The Guardian • Paste   Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill—and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.   With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir, featuring a collection of voices reminiscent of your favorite mixtape. Photo Credit © 1987 Lynn Goldsmith  Audiobook Cast Includes: Steve Buscemi / Ada Calhoun / Bobby Cannavale / Exene Cervenka Roy Choi / Jarvis Cocker / Elvis Costello / Chuck D / Nadia Dajani Michael Diamond / Snoop Dogg / Will Ferrell / Crosby Fitzgerald Randy Gardner / Kim Gordon / Josh Hamilton / Adam Horovitz LL Cool J / Spike Jonze / Pat Kiernan / Talib Kweli / Dave Macklovitch Rachel Maddow / Tim Meadows / Bette Midler/ Mix Master Mike Nas / Yoshimi O / Rosie Perez / Amy Poehler / Kelly Reichardt John C. Reilly / Ian Rogers / Maya Rudolph / Rev Run Luc Sante / Kate Schellenbach / MC Serch / Chloe Sevigny Jon Stewart / Ben Stiller / Wanda Sykes / Jeff Tweedy / Philippe Zdar Praise for Beastie Boys Book “A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”The New York Times Book Review “Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”Rolling Stone

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“You already know that Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz are great storytellers—it’s what makes their music great…So you can only imagine how much more fun it is to hear them—and a star-studded cast of their friends—recount their stories as an audiobook…The Beastie Boys have made a brilliant thirteen-hour radio play…You haven’t truly listened to an audiobook until you’ve heard a rap legend holler, ‘All rights reseeeerrved.”

— Rolling Stone (audio review) 


  • “It’s a party, a history, a backstage/backseat/basement eavesdrop, and an elegy. Music punctuates the recording with more than forty voices, mimicking a ‘fly on the wall’ party vibe.”

    — Booklist (starred audio review)
  • “The Beastie Boys have created a book, and it is preposterous.”

    — A. V. Club
  • “A rambling and unruly stream-of-consciousness trip through more than three decades of uncensored memories—records, rashes, tours, graphic novels, and playlists. Madonna’s here, as is Guns N’ Roses, Dolly Parton, Johnny Ryall and the Egg Man…Overall it’s a box full of love letters to fans, founding member Adam Yauch, the early days of hip-hop, and dirty old New York. It’s a book that can’t, won’t stop giving.”



  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in Biographies of Artists, Authors & Musicians
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • The Rolling Stone magazine pick for Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice of 2018's Top Audiobooks
  • A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

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About the Narrators

Fred Sanders, an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction, memoir, and fiction to mystery and suspense. He been seen on Broadway in The Buddy Holly Story, in national tours for Driving Miss Daisy and Big River, and on such television shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs,Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. He is a native New Yorker and Yale graduate.

Leon Nixon is a professional actor, playwright, and filmmaker. A Los Angeles native, he has performed in short films, web series, and on stage in dramatic and comedic roles. He is also an improviser and part of the group that appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Continuous Improv Show.