Dad stuff. Two of the dads, though, are the surviving members of the Beastie Boys: Adam Horovitz, with upswept gray hair and a white T-shirt with a faint graffito on the front; and Michael Diamond, wearing a bright red button-up, his hair still dark, his face creased and tan from years living in Southern California. Ad-Rock and Mike D, in other words. The third Beastie, Adam Yauch — MCA, the conscience, shaman and intellectual backbone of the group — died in after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer. His absence, six years later, is a palpable fact in the room. His name comes up a lot in the conversation, as it does in the new book Horovitz and Diamond have written. The volume, full of old photographs and comics, with a riot of fonts and layouts, is a nonmusical summa of Beastie aesthetics. Some scores are settled, some beef is squashed, and no doubt some ugly business gets airbrushed or skipped over.
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Beastie Boys were formed out of members of experimental hardcore punk band the Young Aborigines in , with Diamond as vocalist, Jeremy Shatan on bass guitar, guitarist John Berry and Kate Schellenbach on drums. Berry left shortly thereafter and was replaced by Horovitz. After achieving local success with the experimental hip hop single " Cooky Puss ", Beastie Boys made a full transition to hip hop, and Schellenbach left. They toured with Madonna in and a year later released their debut album, Licensed to Ill , the first rap record to top the Billboard chart. In , they became the third rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the same year, Yauch died of cancer and Beastie Boys disbanded. On November 13, , Beastie Boys played Philip Pucci's birthday for the purposes of his short concert film, Beastie. This performance marked Beastie Boys' first on screen appearance in a published motion picture. A one-minute clip of Beastie was subsequently excerpted and licensed by Beastie Boys for use in the "Egg Raid on Mojo" segment of the "Skills to Pay the Bills" long-form home video released by Capitol Records.
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