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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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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 ... more

Lucy Wagner

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

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 ... more

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 ... more

Mike Watt

Mike Watt is an American musician and a founding member of the seminal punk group the Minutemen. The Minutemen got their start in the punk music scene in California around the same time as the Beastie Boys were becoming a New York hardcore group. When the Minutemen played New York's CBGB in the early 1980s, New York fans embraced them with the same fervor that they traditionally reserved for local acts like the Beastie Boys. In 1985, the Minutemen's legacy was cut short when guitar player and vocalist D. Boon was killed in an automobile accident ... more


Whodini is an American rap group, formed in 1981, whose members are Jalil Hutchins, Ecstasy, and Grandmaster Dee. They were one of the first rap groups to be successful at a national level. Like the Beastie Boys, they were managed by Russell Simmons ... more

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams was a musician, producer, and owner of Studio 171A, where Beastie Boys recorded the Polly Wog Stew ep, their first release on the Ratcage Records label ... more