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Beastie Boys ink memoir deal

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The two surviving members of the Beastie Boys, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, are writing a memoir. The pair signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, a Random House imprint — but “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.

Instead, the book will have a “kaleidoscopic frame of reference,” according to Julie Grau and will be a right turn away from the typical rock memoir, taking the form of a loose oral history, with material from other writers and “a strong visual component.” It will be edited by ego trip founder Sacha Jenkins.

Janlow said that he had been in talks with the group for several years about a memoir, but that previous plans had been set aside after the death of Adam Yauch’s death last year. Spiegel & Glau previously published Jay-Z’s rap history-cum-memoir Decoded. No title has been released for the Beastie Boys’ memoir, though it is expected in fall of 2015.

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