The book will be published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, known for publishing Jay-Z's "Decoded" in 2010.
The Beastie Boys are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience,” Grau said in an interview with The New York Times. “There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”
Edited by the hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins, the book will reportedly be structured as an oral history, and is expected to be highly visual and contain contributions from other writers. Grau compared it to Grand Royal, a short-lived 1990s magazine by the hip-hop group exploring pop culture.
Luke Janklow, the group’s agent, said he had talked with the group about a book several years ago. “The first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir,’ ” said Janklow.
The third Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch, known as MCA, died last year at age 47 after battling cancer of the salivary gland. Janklow believes "Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them,” to publish the Beastie Boys story.
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