Beastie Boys


Sun May 6, 2012
The Record

The Beastie Boys Gave Me My Start: Memories Of Adam Yauch

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 2:24 pm

Adam Yauch speaks at a press conference before the 1998 edition of the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, D.C.
Stephen Jaffe AFP/Getty Images

Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to write for Grand Royal, also known as the Beastie Boys' magazine — and also the name of their record label. When I heard Adam Yauch had died on Friday, it felt natural to reach out to some of my old friends from the Grand Royal days — and their friends and their friends. So many of us got our start thanks to them. Here are a few of our memories of Adam:

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Sat May 5, 2012
The Record

How Adam Yauch Grew Into His Voice

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:50 pm

Adam Yauch (center), with Mike Diamond (right) and Adam Horovitz, in a photo from 1985, the year before the Beastie Boys' debut LP, Licensed to Ill, was released.
Janette Beckman


Sat May 5, 2012
NPR Story

Adam Yauch Gave Distinct Sound To Genre-Bending Band

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 8:26 am



A famous trio has lost a member. Whether you knew him as Adam Yauch, Nathanial Hornblower or MCA, he brought a distinct sound to a genre-bending band.


BEASTIE BOYS: (Singing) ...if what you get is what you see, c'mon...

SIMON: MCA was a founding member of the Beastie Boys, a band that helped make hip-hop mainstream. Now, before they rapped, the Beastie Boys were just punks.


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Fri May 4, 2012
The Record

Adam Yauch, Co-Founder Of The Beastie Boys, Dies

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:29 am

Adam Yauch (left) with the Beastie Boys in 1987. The gruff-voiced rapper known as MCA died Friday after a battle with cancer.
Ebet Roberts Getty Images

Adam Yauch, the raspy-voiced rapper known as MCA of the Beastie Boys, died Friday in New York at the age of 47. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had been largely out of the spotlight since.

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Thu April 5, 2012
Music News

Rock Hall Inductees Offer Two Takes On New York Attitude

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 10:01 pm

The Beastie Boys circa 1987.
Ebet Roberts Getty Images

A new batch of performers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month. In the weeks leading up to the induction ceremonies, Morning Edition is visiting the cities that gave birth to the inductees.

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