Beastie Boys fans who want to immerse themselves in the world and ethos of the pioneering rap band will have the chance next month in Los Angeles.
Beginning December 10, the street art gallery Beyond the Streets will mount an exhibition of archival items and memorabilia, marking the 1986 hip-hop group that became the first rap act to chart a Billboard top album. Sick leave grantedIt included the songs “Brass Monkey”, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” and “Girls”.
The exhibit, which will be free to the public and open through January 28, is set to include items from the personal collections of Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond. (After the death of third member Adam “MCA” Yauch in 2012 from cancer, the group disbanded.)
The title is given performance And presented in partnership with Goldenvoice (the promoter behind most of the band’s California shows), the show showcases everything from original handwritten lyrics and outfits worn in the Beastie Boys’ music videos to musical instruments like an 808 drum machine. Vintage merch. “They can even view a handwritten note from Madonna when she’s on tour with her,” he says Beyond the streets Founder Roger Gastman.
Covering nearly 4,000 square feet of the gallery, many of the subjects have never been seen by the public before.
“Not only are we honored to be a part of Beyond the Streets, but we’re also happy that someone besides us appreciates all the weird shit we’ve collected and performed music from the last forty years,” he says. Horowitz said in a statement.
says Gastman, founder of adjacent Control Gallery The Hollywood Reporter He was inspired to continue creating the show after reading it Beastie Boys bookDiamond and Horowitz’s 2018 history of the band, and a look at photos of some ephemera related to the group’s history.
Gastman contacted the band’s management, saying, “‘Where’s all this? You know, where’s the lyrics? Where’s this flyer? Where’s this t-shirt?,'” he recalls. “And they said, ‘We have bits and pieces of it.’ It is in the boys’ houses. It is in the storage unit. It is in an old apartment. Some of them are in this office. It’s not centrally located and archived is a nice, clean way of saying it.
Eventually, Gastman met with Diamond and Horowitz — “I went to their homes and did a handwritten inventory,” says the gallerist — and over the course of months worked with the band and their management to sort through the items and curate the show. (The band is the subject of a 2020 Spike Jonze/Apple TV+ documentary The story of the Beastie Boys.)
“The Beastie Boys were a part of many people’s lives. In the 80s and early 2000s it was hard not to see, hear or do something with the Beastie Boys. “We’re excited to tell his story in an authentic, real way that fans can relate to,” says Gastman, “I remember when Sick leave Out – watching videos on TV. I was in grade school. I probably still have the cassette tape in storage at my mom’s house. And then I remember Paul’s Boutique Many did not like it at first when it came out. And then the next record [Check Your Head] I came out. I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is great!’ And then I asked Paul’s Boutique Again and I said, ‘Roger, you’re an idiot. This is one of the best records.’ They are very present in my life.
Although the items on display are not for sale, Beyond the Streets (located at 434 N. La Brea Ave.) will debut exclusive new Beastie Boys merchandise in its gift shop, including zines, collectibles and apparel.
Timed-entry tickets to the show — curated by Gastman with Michael Delahout and Tim Conlon — will be available through AXS starting December 10.
Adds Gastman, who promises the show will be one of the most comprehensive to spotlight the band: “They’ve made albums, they’ve created a story, and we’re doing our best to present it in an incredible, fun, visual way.”