UPDATE May 6, 2012- There will be a private Buddhist funeral for Adam Yauch on Wednesday and a memorial reception on Saturday. These are not public events.
Discussions are underway for the planning of memorial concerts in tribute to Adam Yauch that are preliminarily set to take place in New York and Los Angeles in September.
For those of us who grew up with the Beastie Boys, we can truly say we “grew up” with them. As teen-agers they were punks on the streets of Manhattan who were exposed to the earliest incarnations of hip hop culture and they turned us on to it.
In their 20’s they made a sensation of shaking up beer cans and blasting them all over nearly nude girls who were dancing in a go-go cages, and we ate it up. Then they introduced us to 70’s kitch with with “Hey Ladies” and broke new ground with the monumental “Paul’s Boutique” album produced by the Dust Brothers.
In their 30’s Adam Yauch led the Beasties into a new more socially-conscious direction, with their efforts to raise awareness of human rights violations in Tibet. The Beasties were always a step ahead of us. As they grew, we grew. Social activism became COOL, in no small part to the efforts of Adam Yauch and the Beasties and their friends in Radiohead and REM. As they matured, we matured.
When the city they loved was so viciously attacked on 9/11, they managed to put into pictures, words and sound a way for us to heal with their “Open Letter to NYC”.
Though we were done fighting for our right to party, there were other fights more important, and again the Beastie Boys led the way. When the Bush administration was railroading the world into an ill-conceived invasion of Iraq few artists had the nerve to step out and protest amidst the patriotic fever that had overtaken the nation. The Beastie Boys a had the nerve. They became the elder statesmen and accepted responsibility for the good that could be cultivated by their high profile and influence over youth culture.
When we heard about the Beastie Boys being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we realized just how far they had come and the enormous cultural impact they had on us. But it wasn’t until we heard of the passing of Adam Yauch today that we truly comprehended how important they have been in our lives.
We share this day a sadness and mutual understanding that we are moving into a different era. A large part of our youth has been left behind and we hope that we are able to handle the difficulties faced by Yauch with the same grace and humility as he has carried himself with during his fight with cancer these past few years.
We truly hope that Adam Yauch will finally be able to sleep peacefully in Brooklyn.
If there are typos and mistakes in this post, please forgive us. Not afraid to say we cried today.
“Strictly hand held is the style i go. Never rock the mic with the panty hose. ”