Rumors that the Beastie Boys would soon be penning a memoir were confirmed on Monday by the book's U.K. publisher, Faber & Faber: "Yes, it is true," the imprint's blog said. The book will be released in the U.S. by Spiegel & Grau, and is planned for fall 2015.
The book, by surviving Beasties Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) will rely on oral storytelling as its primary narrative technique. The third member of the group, Adam Yaunch (MCA), succumbed to cancer last year.
Interviews with and contributions from a wide variety of friends, writers, musicians and other cultural figures will explore the band's beginnings as a high school hard-core group in New York in 1981, its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and its enduring legacy. The book will include a large number of images, many of which have never before been published. Hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins will edit.
According to the publisher, the design is inspired by the cult Beastie Boys fan magazine Grand Royal -- a short-lived guide to the things the Beasties thought were cool, like kung-fu, demolition derby and the Dalai Lama, among others.