It is with a heavy heart that I convey this sad news, even though our LXG blog is but a few days old…
Hip-hop pioneers and all-round funky dudes The Beastie Boys lost one of their members last month. Adam Yauch died at the age of 47. Also known as MCA, he had been in treatment for cancer since 2009.
The Beastie Boys have been looked up to, for always maintaining artistic control producing their unique sound and rhymes – while still being represented by a major record label. They also organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. Yauch was instrumental in the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in 1996, which drew 100,000 people – the largest U.S. benefit concert since 1985's Live Aid.
Yauch also directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories. As a filmmaker, he directed the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!, and his production company released the acclaimed Banksy movie Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Super-talented and multi-disciplinary, Adam was apparently a mellow and smart dude – and conducted himself with dignity in dealing with his illness – right to the end.
Rest in Peace, MCA.
Here they are in happier times aided by some familiar celebrity wannabees –
The Beastie Boys in full effect in Fight for Your Right (Revisited):