“It’s not like all of it was easy or highlight film, but who gets to work every day with their two best friends?”
That’s the essence of the Beastie Boys’ story and their upcoming documentary of the same name. The first full trailer for “Beastie Boys Story” has been unveiled, giving fans insight into three friends who inspired each other to turn their passion into a groundbreaking music career.
Mike D, Ad Rock and MCA evolved from a punk band to release one of the most influential hop hop albums of all time. 1986’s Licensed to Ill, with rhymes like “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “Paul Revere” and “Fight For Your Right,” appealed to nearly everyone at the time.
“We went from being famous in a 14 block radius to being on tour with Madonna and Rick Rubin,” says Mike D to a live audience during the filming of the documentary. It was shot by longtime friend Spike Jonze primarily at King’s Theater in Brooklyn last year.
Like nearly every success story in the music business, there was excess and tragedy. MCA, who the surviving members called the driving forced, died of cancer in 2012.
“Yauch, Mike and I have spent more time together than with our own families,” Ad Rock said.
This is far from the first collaboration between the Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze. The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker directed six of their videos, including "Sure Shot" and "Sabotage", and together they will be releasing a photo book titled "Beastie Boys" on March 17th.
“Beastie Boys Story” will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 24th and in select IMAX theaters on April 2nd.