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Beastie Boys sign “multidimensional” memoir deal

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, left, has died at the age of 47. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images.

The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have signed a “multidimensional” memoir deal. Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, left, died last year at the age of 47. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images.

We wouldn’t expect a straight-up, standard book deal for a Beastie Boys memoir, and good thing too. Turns out the band is planning a book filled with an array of voices, images and pop-culture references.

The New York Times reports Michael Diamond, aka Mike D, and Adam Horovitz, Ad-Rock, the surviving members of the hip-hop group, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau from Random House Publishing Group, for a book “celebrating their history and aesthetic.”

Julie Grau, Spiegel & Grau publisher, said fans should expect a lot more than a run-of-the-mill publication from the Boys.

She told the Times the group is, “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”

With hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins on board as editor, the book will follow an oral-history format but with what the Times calls “a strong visual component.”

“The first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir,’” the group’s agent, Luke Janklow, told the Times.

The group’s third member, Adam Yauch or MCA, died last May after battling cancer.

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Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.