The Beastie Boys have never been known to do things conventionally, so it's no surprise that they have something unique in store for their first book. The surviving members of the band -- Mike D and Ad-Rock -- have inked a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for a Beastie Boys memoir, albeit it one with a twist.
The Beastie Boys are "interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience," publisher Julie Grau told the New York Times in an interview. "There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up."
The still-untitled book is planned for a fall 2015 release. It will be edited by "Ego-Trip" co-founder and veteran hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins, and it is said to be loosely structured as an oral history. The book also will have contributions by other writers, as well as a strong visual component.
"The first words out of Mike's mouth were, 'I don't want to do a straight memoir,'" said Luke Janklow, the group's agent. He told the Times that he had been in talks with the group several years ago about the possibility of writing a book, but they were sidelined when Adam "MCA" Yauch fell ill with cancer and subsequently passed away last year.
"After Yauch died, I didn't push them," Janklow added. "But I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them."