Michael Diamond (a.k.a Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the surviving members of the Beastie Boys, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for a book celebrating the life and times of one of the music world’s most influential and groundbreaking bands. The book is as-yet untitled, but publisher is expected to be release the retrospective in the fall of 2015. Spiegel & Grau’s publisher Julie Grau told the New York Times that the book deal had been discussed with the group in the past but was tabled due to the third Beastie Boy’s Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) diagnosis with cancer of the salivary gland, which sadly resuluted in his death last May.
“After Yauch died, I didn’t push them,” Mr. Janklow said, “but I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them.”
In unrelated news, Mike D has been running a free food truck with friends feeding Hurricane Sandy victims in the Rockaways, serving over 19,000 meals to those affected by the storm six months ago.
This just in: DJ Hurricane, who worked with the Beastie Boys from 1986-2000, has released a statement regarding the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch (pictured above). Here is the full statement from the NYC-bred jock:
As I mourn my friend, Adam Yauch aka MCA, I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter and loving parents. I think of all of the good times we shared that I will cherish forever. We rocked so many stages together: from Jerusalem to Italy to North America to South America to Japan to Australia and New Zealand; we toured the world several times over and I thank you for taking me on that journey. I am heartbroken, but will never forget the times we shared, as we grew from being kids to responsible adults. R.I.P. MCA I LOVE YOU……… You will be missed dearly.
Image via DJ Hurricane
This one hurts to report. Adam Yauch, better known as MCA and a co-founder of groundbreaking New York hip-hop group The Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48. In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. Since then he underwent surgery and radiation therapy. Yauch didn’t appear when his group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his health had reportedly delayed the trio’s upcoming Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. Yauch was active in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late ’90s. The Beastie Boys’ most recent music video was released last year for the song “Make Some Noise.” The two surviving members of the band — Mike D and Ad Rock — haven’t released a statement as of yet.
Said Moby via Twitter upon learning of Yauch’s passing: “I’m very very sad to hear of adam yauch’s passing. He was a wonderful, generous, remarkable, and inspiring man and friend.”