(JTA) — A musical play based on the lives and careers of the influential hip-hop group The Beastie Boys is to open in London.
“Licensed to Ill,” named after the group’s first album, is scheduled to run from Nov. 23 to Dec. 12 at the Camden People’s Theater.
The three core members of The Beastie Boys – Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz – were all Jewish and raised in New York City.
Yauch died of cancer in 2012, and the group disbanded.
The Beastie Boys outlasted most hip-hop acts of their era, having started in the early 80s. They are known for combining elements of punk rock with the sounds of early hip-hop.
“‘Licensed to Ill’ travels through time from the hiphoppers of ‘80s New York to the ‘90s gangsters of LA – all the way to the total globalization of hiphop … we follow the gang from teenage punks, via their discovery by legendary producer Rick Rubin, to their induction in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame,” a promotional description of the show says.
The Beastie Boys are reportedly not involved in the show, which is a co-production of the theatre and artistic directors Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar — with help from comedy duos Abandonman and the Rubberbandits.
“Whilst we have ensured the Beastie Boys are fully appraised of our plans for the show, this is an unauthorised production based on the Beastie Boys story,” co-creative director Simon Maeder told Pitchfork.
Gabe Friedman is JTA’s senior Jewish hip hop correspondant.
Growing old doesn’t mean you can’t bust a move.
Watch these residents of Belvedere Assisted Living Facility stick it to the Man (in this case, the nursing home staff) in an amazing rendition of The Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right To Party.” Bling, booze and walkers — it’s got it all.
May we all be as badass when old age hits.
[h/t Daily Dot]
Let it be written that from this day forward, the only acceptable way to celebrate MCA Day shall be with breakdancing Buddhist monks.
This past Saturday, four Buddhist monks took to Union Square, the site of the first MCA Day, to pay tribute to Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch, who died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
A human rights activist, Yauch was a fervent supporter of Tibetan independence and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1996.
It seems that parody will get you nowhere with the Beastie Boys. The hip-hop group is not amused by the use of its song “Girls” in a viral advertising video by GoldieBlox, a San Francisco-area start-up that designs toys encouraging girls to explore science and engineering. (You’ve probably seen the video — it’s the one with the adorable little girls who built an incredibly cool Rube Goldberg contraption.)
GoldieBlox, say the Beastie Boys in an open letter, has the right to fight to encourage girls to become engineers, but not to use their music for commercial purposes.
The toy company, on the other hand, thinks it has every right to put out a parody version of the song, whose original anti-feminist lyrics speak of girls who do the dishes and laundry (in the GoldieBlox version, the girls build spaceships and code apps).
It seems the start-up knew Beastie Boy members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (third member Adam “MCA” Yauch died in 2012) would not approve of its use of “Girls.” The company filed a preemptive lawsuit last week against the Beastie Boys, their record label and producer, asking the California federal court to classify the video as an example of fair use.
Here’s some of what the musicians had to say about GoldieBlox’s actions:
Calling all Beastie Boys fans: a trip to Brooklyn may be in order on Friday.
The Brooklyn Heights Blog reported that Palmetto Playground — a small park near Brooklyn Bridge Park — will be renamed for Beastie Boys founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died of throat cancer on May 4, 2012.
A Brooklyn Heights native, the artist reportedly played in the park as a kid.
According to the New York Post, Beastie Boys Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond will join Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilman Steve Levin and Parks Commissioner Veronica White at a ceremony in honor of Yauch.
“Adam Yauch Playground would be a much more fitting name since he actually hung out there, and it would be a great testament to a great leader and musician,” Levin told the Post.
The push to rename a Brooklyn park after Yauch started on the Brooklyn Heights Blog last year, and quickly gained a large Facebook following.
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