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.
Congratulations to the Beastie Boys on this auspicious occasion!