Beastie Boys Take-over

26th - 28th October

Friday, 26th October 2018

Rough Trade East

Free entry

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Come celebrate all things Beastie Boys at Rough Trade East this month at a unique, free take-over event that will bring to life the band’s new memoir, Beastie Boys Book.

This first evening of the weekend takeover (Friday 26th October) sees Rough Trade welcome Hip Hop Karaoke for a free entry event between 7pm and 8pm.

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A panoramic experience that tells the story of the Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Book is as unique as the band itself—written by band members Ad-Rock and Mike D and with contributions from Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead & more.

The weekend take-over pop-up will include:

- The chance to buy signed copies of the book in the UK for the first time*
- Hip Hop Karaoke!
- Complimentary Roy Choi 'Get it Together' toasties
- A Beastie Boys dressing-up corner
- A collaborative wall and much more.

- Exclusive Beastie Boys Merch for sale.

*50 signed copies will be released each day of the take-over and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Beastie Boys Book

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album's messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.


With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys' New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.

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