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Originally posted 05/19/2016 10:00PM
Beastie Boys original member John Berry has died, according to a report. He was 52.
Originally posted 08/31/2015 05:55PM
The success of Straight Outta Compton, which was No. 1 at the box office for the third straight week, has reminded Hollywood that people are suckers for movies about the music they love. And while there is no shortage of biopics about individual singers – Ray Charles in Ray, Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It, Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, Ritchie Valens in La Bamba, just to name a few – there's a surprising dearth of movies that tell the real life stories of bands. There's Oliver Stone's The Doors and … Spice World?
Originally posted 07/28/2014 11:00AM
When the Beastie Boys released Paul's Boutique in July of 1989, expectations were high. But after the success of their commercial breakthrough, Licensed to Ill, the group's relationship with both their label, Def Jam (and by extension, the label's founder, Rick Rubin) and their fans had deteriorated. "They were sick of screaming 'Fight for Your Right (to Party)' to inebriated frat boys," Dan LeRoy writes.
Originally posted 07/11/2014 04:55PM
Despite what Public Enemy may have said, 1989 wasn't just "another summer". Though history is rarely that neat, the final summer of the '80s saw the slow fade of many of the decade's icons, as well as the launch of some of the '90s' most enduring pop-culture institutions.
In terms of cultural legacy, the summer of '89 might not be able to compete with its predecessor of two decades prior – Woodstock and Bryan Adams will do that – but 25 years later, we're still feeling its impact.
Whether you remember it or not, relive the summer of acid wash, hair metal and Do the Right Thing below.
Originally posted 05/05/2012 03:00PM
Following Friday's death of Adam Yauch from cancer at 47, Madonna says the Beastie Boy rapper, who was also known as MCA, was one of a kind, and that the group was "integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time," reports the Associated Press.
In addition, Madonna expressed sadness to hear of Yauch's death and asked God to bless his family.
The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on her concert tour in the 1980s.
On Friday night on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, Coldplay played a sentimental tribute to Yauch with a rendition of the Beastie Boys' hit "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)." Frontman Chris Martin sang and played the piano.
Originally posted 05/04/2012 06:00PM
When the Beastie Boys first hit big with "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" in 1987, they crossed the hip-hop color lines and became the first white rap group with any real cred.
Still, with its frat-boy chorus, the song seemed to be somewhat of a novelty. Would they really be able to keep up with the likes of Run-DMC, Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim – all contemporary black rap groups?
I, like many other young blacks into hip-hop at the time, was skeptical. But the answer was a surprising, resounding yes. Which is why the untimely death of Adam "MCA" Yauch from cancer at 47 hits so hard.
Originally posted 05/04/2012 03:05PM
The untimely death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch at age 47 has drawn sympathy and sad reactions from many in the music community. Among them: Justin Timberlake, who remembered the rapper, filmmaker and father as a "true pioneer of art."
"Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing," Timberlake Tweeted. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.#RIPMCA."
Jay-Z posted a black and white image of Yauch on his website with a heartfelt message, writing, "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life."
Other musicians, like Benji Madden, said the Brooklyn-born musician inspired them to pursue their dreams.
"This news hits hard," Madden Tweeted. "The Beastie Boys are 1of the reasons I do music&MCA was the captain."
Originally posted 05/04/2012 03:20PM
In 2009 Adam Yauch revealed his cancer battle via a video on the Beastie Boys website.
"So this is crazy," he said to fans at the time. "I have some pretty heavy news. I actually have a form of cancer."
It was June that same year – and 30 years after the band formed – he performed for what would be the last time. During their Bonnaroo set, Yauch (in the brown pants) jumped around less than his bandmates, but his rhymes were tight as ever.
They then canceled as a Lollapalooza headliner in August so Yauch could have surgery and go through radiation therapy.
Originally posted 05/04/2012 01:30PM
Adam Yauch, a founding member of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, died Friday in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 47.
Known by his stage name MCA, Yauch was inducted just last month into the Rock and Hall of Fame but was too ill to join bandmates Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz at the ceremony.
Among a flood of music stars sending their tributes was Justin Timberlake, who Tweeted: "Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art."
Reverend Run from Run-D.M.C. added, "I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. You'll be missed!"
Originally posted 07/20/2009 01:10PM
A cancerous tumor was discovered in Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch's left salivary gland, the rapper's record label, EMI, announced in a statement Monday.
While the musician is expected to make a full recovery, the band has been forced to cancel their upcoming tour and postpone the release of their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.
"I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows," Yauch, 44, said in a video statement on his band's official Web site. "It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."
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