Those who were around during the heyday of the Beastie Boys can no doubt recall the elements that allowed the hip-hop trio to be more than a “musical act,” crossing over into “cultural phenomenon” status.
The three New York-based MCs, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz hit pay dirt with their vibrant sounds and deep love for the origins of hip-hop, and on April 24, a new documentary from director/Beastie Boys pal Spike Jonze will premiere exclusively on AppleTV+.
Here’s a quick teaser that premiered on Monday:
Judging by that trailer, it appears that some footage for the Beastie Boys Story comes from the live tour that Mike D. and Ad-Rock went out on in 2018, supporting the publication of the exhaustively researched and definitive Beastie Boys Book that same year.
It was around that time that Diamond and Horovitz, the remaining Beastie Boys after Yauch passed away in 2012, spoke with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate about the group’s legacy — one, they explain in the chat, that wouldn’t have existed outside of the context that formed the group and the guys’ individual experiences.
Adam Horovitz: That’s what I’m saying. So some 17-year-old now, their places and their scene is just as important, and 30 years from now they’ll look back and talk about how important it was to them. So for us, obviously, it was very important to us. We feel like it was very important time creatively, culturally and all that stuff, because, in New York, there was just a lot of shit happening that blossomed into a thing that’s a big deal now. That’s still around. That’s still current. That you can look back on origins and the things that were boiling up back then.
Michael Diamond: It was our age and place, right, so it was more influential to us than anything because of what Adam said, but that echoes exponentially because of what New York was, too. A New York that was then very different. It’s an interesting thing, because in this day and age, all of that, in a way, you can access and read, you can listen to everything and see every painting and read every poem, that came out of there on your phone now.