Hip-hop pioneers The Beastie Boys have strived to push the envelope since their incarnation, and their upcoming memoir will be no different. Living members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz have inked a deal to release their story under a Random House publishing imprint, and it promises not to be be your average book.
According to Julie Grau of the Spiegel & Grau imprint (who is also published Jay-Z’s Decoded), Mike D and Ad-Rock are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience,” she told The New York Times. “There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”
Though still in its early stages — it even remains untitled — the Beastie Boys’ book is already being conceived to have unconventional elements. Described by The Times as being “loosely structured as an oral history,” the group seeks to include the writing of several authors as well as a strong visual focus. The book will also be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins. Luke Janklow, agent for the Beastie Boys, compared the group’s book concept to their Grand Royal magazine. He discussed signing the book deal following the tragic death of Adam “MCA” Yauch, who lost his battle with cancer last year.
“After Yauch died, I didn’t push them,” he said, “but I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them.”
The memoir is expected to hit shelves in the fall of 2015