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    DescriptionIn 1987, three white Jewish boys from New York City were the most fascinating phenomenon in the burgeoning rap music scene. No, really. The Beastie Boys, barely out of their teens, had just released Licensed to Ill, which quickly became the first hip-hop album to reach number one on the charts. Pairing vulgar and hilarious lyrics with heavy-metal-derived musical backing and a punk DIY attitude, the Beasties—MCA (Adam Yauch), King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and Mike D (Michael Diamond)—changed the face of rap forever by bringing it into the mainstream. In the years that followed, they would change it again and again—musically, culturally, and politically. To create The Skills to Pay the Bills, Alan Light spent years taping conversations with the group, their friends, roommates, producers, engineers, collaborators, and other artists from Madonna to Chuck D. Here, as told from the inside, is the fascinating tale of three rump-shaking, innovative rappers whose albums still go platinum and whose tours continue to fill arenas after more than two decades of making music. The Skills to Pay the Bills chronicles the Beasties' unique journey from the hardcore New York underground to the top of the Billboard charts. It is a story of larger-than-life personalities, noble causes, funky beats, and truly one of the most influential and ambitious groups of all time. I said, Where'd you get your information from, huh? “The first time I met them, I thought I was on Candid Camera.” —D.M.C. “I think I made out with Adam Yauch once in their dressing room.” —Madonna “One of my favorite groups is the Beastie Boys.” —Bono


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    Title
    The Skills to Pay the Bills
    Subtitle
    The Story of the Beastie Boys
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Light
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 206
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780609604786
    ISBN 10: 0609604783
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AVC
    DC21: 782.42164092
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    BIC subject category V2: AVGR
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A08745900
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: MUS031000
    DC22: 782.42164/092/2
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: ML421.B39 L54 2005
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Three Rivers Press (CA)
    Imprint name
    Three Rivers Press (CA)
    Publication date
    24 January 2006