Beastie Boys Sign Deal to Write Memoir
Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz will pen an atypical memoir — being described as a “multidimensional experience” — via a deal with Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau.
The Beastie Boys are ready to write their memoir — just don’t expect it to be your typical celebrity tell-all.
Michael Diamond (aka Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) — who along with Adam Yauch (MCA), who died last year of cancer, comprise the hip-hop group — have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for an as-yet-untitled book planned for a fall 2015 release, The New York Times reports.
The Beastie Boys are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience,” Spiegel & Grau publisher Julie Grau tells The Times. “There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”
The book will be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins and will be “loosely structured as an oral history” with a “strong visual component” as well as contributions from other writers, according to The Times.
Grau and Luke Janklow, the group’s agent, compared it to Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ short-lived magazine published in the 1990s.
“The first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir,’ ” Janklow says.
Spiegel & Grau also published Jay-Z’s 2010 book Decoded. The Boys’ memoir will follow on the heels of memoirs from musicians including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.