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.
For Beastiemania.com Exclusive Outtakes from this book, click here.
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
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
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 Paul's Boutique era. The 32
pages read like a Cliff Notes version of Dan LeRoy's 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 isn't quite centered over the inner pages. The black and
white art is well done and brings a little life to the Paul's Boutique stories of eggs, drugs, and
The first 11 pages capture the events from the end of Licensed To Ill through the completion of
Paul's 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 Paul's Boutique...just as
a mini-version of Dan LeRoy's book.
The inside back cover is a brief description of how Paul's 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 "super-limited edition mini-comic experience" with only 200
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
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.