New Release Books by Adam Horovitz

Adam Horovitz is the author of Beastie Boys Book (2020) and A Thousand Laurie Lees (2014).

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Beastie Boys Book

release date: May 12, 2020
Beastie Boys Book
THE INSPIRATION FOR THE 5-TIME EMMY NOMINATED SPIKE JONZE ''LIVE DOCUMENTARY'' BEASTIE BOYS STORY, AVAILABLE ON APPLE TV+ BOOK OF THE YEAR SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, ROLLING STONE, ROUGH TRADE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ''One of the greatest music books ever published.'' MAX PORTER 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.

A Thousand Laurie Lees

release date: Jun 02, 2014
A Thousand Laurie Lees
‘As a writer he was the disengaged onlooker who understood how his presence altered a place or a situation.’ This is how The Independent described Laurie Lee in their 1997 obituary of the much-loved author. In A Thousand Laurie Lees, another poet, Adam Horovitz, explores not only how the Slad Valley informed the man and his writing but also how the valley itself was affected by its association with such an international figure; and how it has retained its particular identity since its description in Cider with Rosie. Shortly after Laurie Lee’s death in 1997, a handful of locals dressed up as Lee and cycled right through the heart of Cider with Rosie country, stopping off at all the pubs on the way. They called their journey ‘The Night of a thousand Laurie Lees’. Slad valley man Horovitz draws on memoir, myth and literature inspired by the valley and his walks through the Slad landscape, charting what has changed and what remains, from badger setts to ‘Notting Hill in Wellies,’ to celebrate the man and the landscape that made him.


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