Beastie Boys

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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Former hardcore trio who initially found international fame as the first crossover white rap act of the 80s, and later earned critical plaudits for their eclectic approach in a musical genre not known for its experimental nature.

After forming at New York University, original guitarist John Berry departed after the release of the hardcore Polly Wog Stew EP, leaving MCA (Adam Nathaniel Yauch, 15 August 1964, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), Mike D (b. Michael Diamond, 20 November 1965, New York City, New York, USA), drummer Kate Schellenbach (b. 5 January 1966, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA) and guitarist Adrock (b. Adam Keefe Horovitz, 31 October 1966, South Orange, New Jersey, USA), recently recruited from The Young And The Useless (one single, ‘Real Men Don’t Use Floss’), to hold the banner. Horovitz, it transpired, was the son of dramatist Israel Horovitz, indicating that far from being the spawn of...

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