Beastie Boys audiobook to feature Elvis Costello, Kim Gordon, Steve Buscemi, Amy Poehler, and more

Jarvis Cocker, Nas, Jeff Tweedy, Rachel Maddow, Will Ferrell, and Spike Jonze also have credits

Beastie Boys memoir audiobook special guest
Beastie Boys

    On October 30th, the surviving members of Beastie Boys will release a massive memoir. At 600 pages, the comprehensive, long-in-the-works Beastie Boys Book chronicles the history of the iconic hip-hop group. Now, as reported by Pitchfork, the memoir will be turned into an audiobook featuring an incredible list of celebrity guest readers.

    Musicians such as Elvis Costello, Jarvis Cocker, Kim Gordon, Nas, Jeff Tweedy, and Bette Midler are set to contribute. Rev Run of Run-DMC, Dave 1 of Chromeo, Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and, of course, Beastie Boys’ own Ad-Rock and Mike D will also have credits.

    The world of film and TV, especially Saturday Night Live, is also well-represented. Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Chloë Sevigny, and Jon Stewart will provide their voices to the project. There are also cameos from Ben Stiller, NY1’s famed Pat Kiernan, Wanda Sykes, and MSNBC’s own Rachel Maddow. Spike Jonze, renowned director of “Sabotage” and a bevy of other classic music videos, will appear on the audiobook, too.


    Find the full list below. You can pre-order the audiobook now on Amazon.

    Steve Buscemi
    Tim Meadows
    Ada Calhoun
    Bette Midler
    Bobby Cannavale
    Mix Master Mike
    Exene Cervenka
    Roy Choi
    Yoshimi O
    Jarvis Cocker
    Rosie Perez
    Elvis Costello
    Amy Poehler
    Chuck D
    Kelly Reichardt
    Nadia Dajani
    John C. Reilly
    Snoop Dogg
    Ian Rogers
    Will Ferrell
    Maya Rudolph
    Crosby Fitzgerald
    Rev Run
    Randy Gardner
    Luc Sante
    Kim Gordon
    Kate Schellenbach
    Josh Hamilton
    MC Serch
    LL Cool J
    Chloë Sevigny
    Spike Jonze
    Jon Stewart
    Pat Kiernan
    Ben Stiller
    Talib Kweli
    Wanda Sykes
    Dave Macklovitch
    Jeff Tweedy
    Rachel Maddow
    Philippe Zdar
    Michael Diamond
    Adam Horovitz

    Recently, an excerpt from the book revealed some embarrassing lowlights of the band’s career, including their decision to fire their first drummer Kate Schellenbach for being a girl; the truly awful original title to Licensed to Ill; and why they’re still spending money to store a giant hydraulic penis.

    Beginning October 29th, Ad-Rock and Mike D will head out on a short book tour featuring Q&A segments, a Beastie Boys-centric exhibit, readings, and more.