Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album — an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group’s career. But not only did “Paul’s Boutique” eventually transformed the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hiphop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.
“The idea was simple: to ask a group of authors to each write a book about a classic album. What emerged became Continuum’s 33 1/3 series. Without guidelines or rules, each author embraced their own favourite album and chose exactly how they wanted to write about it.As a result, each book is by turn anecdotal, obsessive, technical and personal, but always passionate.” —Swell Music, December 2006
Dan LeRoy is the Director of Writing and Publishing at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, USA. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Vibe, The Village Voice, National Review Online and Alternative Press. He is the co-author (with Michael Lipton) of 20 Years of Mountain Stage (2003), the author of The Beastie Boys’ Pauls Botique (Bloomsbury 2006), and The Greatest Music Never Sold (2007).
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