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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. Beastiemania.com 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 Beastiemania.com 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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The Prunes

Pictured here to the right are two of three men from Denmark known as "the Prunes". For the record, their names are Simon, Christian, and Peder. Tick (of the late great Grand Royal) wrote the definitive feature on the Prunes for an installment of his Tick's Corner ... more

Public Enemy

Few bands have changed the course of music and entertainment in the way that the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy have. Chuck D and Flavor Flav have been Public Enemy from the beginning, and whether Terminator X is behind the turntables or not, the jams have always been educational and hard hitting ... more

Puzzled Panthers

In 1996, Thurston Moore teamed up with Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Kira Roessler of Black Flag to form a super group called the Puzzled Panthers. Sadly, the Puzzled Panthers only released one song which appears on the Small Circle of Friends: Germs Tribute album ... more


Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest opened for the Beasties Boys on most of the 1998 North American Hello Nasty Tour dates. This provided fans with an opportunity to see Q-Tip join the Beastie Boys on stage during "Get It Together" (which was usually part of the encore). 1998 was not the first time that Q-Tip had rhymed his lyrics of "Get It Together" live on stage ... more


When fans of the Beastie Boys talk of the best performance they ever saw or the one concert set that they wished they could have seen, often the name Quasar is mentioned. That name will immediately click with older fans and the conversation will continue on without a pause ... more

Jack Rabid

Jack Rabid enters into the Beastiemania.com Who’s Who for a couple of reasons. First off, he along with John Berry comprised part of the original line-up for the band Even Worse. Second, he booked the Beastie Boys their first paying gig ... more

Dustin Rabin

Dustin Rabin is well on his way to becoming another household name among fans for his stirring photographs of Mix Master Mike and the Beastie Boys. Those who own the Beastie Boys Anthology: Sounds of Science have likely spent a moment or two ... more

Molly Ringwald

Molly gets an honorable mention in the Beastiemania.com Who's Who because she was part of the band's inner circle of friends during the height of the Licensed to Ill popularity and stardom. At that time, she was romantically involved with Adam Horovitz ... more

T La Rock & Jazzy Jay

Back in 1985 when the Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on the “Like a Virgin” tour, they preformed a song entitled “It’s Yours” which was originally recorded by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay ... more

Ian C. Rogers

It is the dream of every Beastie Boys fan who has his or her own site dedicated to the band: to be selected to work for the Beastie Boys on the official website. This dream is one that came true for Ian C. Rogers ... more

Henry Rollins

One of the most common reoccurring Beastie Boys messageboard threads seems to be: "What bands would you like to see on tour with the Beastie Boys?" Responses range from the obvious to the hilarious, but rarely if ever does Henry Rollins' name pop up ... more

Dante Ross

Although Dante Ross never worked on a Beastie Boys album, he was part of the New York music scene back in the early 1980s working at the Ratcage ... more

Rick Rubin

On top of his game in the middle to late 1980s, Rick Rubin merged his love of rock and roll and heavy metal to the street sounds of hip hop and rap. The result of this marriage was one hit after another for Def Jam Records ... more


It would seem nearly impossible to retell the history of the Beastie Boys without mentioning Run-DMC. Run-DMC, which is comprised of Joe "Run" Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay, was never a Def Jam group. However, they were managed by Run's brother Russell Simmons as part of the Rush Entertainment stable of artists. ... more

Jane Scarpantoni

Jane Scarpantoni is a classically trained cello player whom the Beastie Boys enlisted to play on the song "I Don't Know" on Hello Nasty ... more

Scha Dara Parr

Scha Dara Parr, or SDP for short, is a Japanese rap group with whom Adam Horovitz has collaborated. Comprised of two MCs, Bose and Ani, and one DJ, Shinco, Scha Dara Parr has been compared to rap groups like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Beastie Boys ... more

Kate Schellenbach

Kate Schellenbach is a musician who was an original member of the Beastie Boys (from 1981 to 1984) and two Beastie Boys side projects, the Young Aborigines and Triple Sly Crew. Schellenbach has been in a number of her own bands as well, the most notable one being Luscious Jackson ... more

Dave Scilken

David Scilken (1969-1991) was the vocalist for the Young and the Useless, the band in which Adam Horovitz was a member before joining Beastie Boys. Scilken and Horovitz attended school together at PS41 in Greenwich Village and were best friends. Scilken is credited for coming up with the title of the Young and the Useless' EP Real Men Don't Floss. At the time, he was obsessed with Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, a popular 1982 book that satirized stereotypes of masculinity. ... more

Sam Sever

Sam Sever portrayed the Beastie Boys DJ in the 1988 film Tougher Than Leather, which was directed by Rick Rubin. In the film, Sever is seen on the turntables during the Beastie Boys' live performance of "Desperado." Sever was needed for the role because the Beastie Boys real DJ, DJ Hurricane, portrayed another character in the film ... more

Jeremy Shatan

Jeremy Shatan was a member of the Young Aborigines, the band in which Michael Diamond, Kate Schellenbach, and John Berry were members before Beastie Boys. When Shatan, who was the Young Aborigines bassist, left New York for the summer of 1981, he discovered upon his return that his bandmates had formed a new band called Beastie Boys. Not interested in hardcore music, Shatan did not become involved with Beastie Boys ... more
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