Beastie Boys

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The 20 greatest concert films – ranked!
As Taylor Swift’s Eras tour reaches cinemas, with Beyoncé’s Renaissance following soon, we pick the films that best converted the live experience to the screen

Alexis Petridis

12, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Lady Dealer review – drugs, couplets and a blaze of Beastie Boys
Alexa Davies’ performance as Charly, a rhyming drug dealer who is falling apart, is the gleaming heart of this production

David Jays

09, Aug, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Absurdity meets gravitas: how Nicholas Britell scored Succession
As the TV masterpiece bows out, the composer reveals what influenced the writing of that indelible theme tune

Edward Helmore in New York

28, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Kabul to California: how the ‘hip-hop family’ mobilised for young Afghans
With breakdancers, artists and parkourists facing a bleak future under the Taliban, a global network stepped in to help, drawing on the activist spirit of rap culture

Lizzy Davies

21, Feb, 2022 @8:45 AM

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Rick Rubin: Def Jam founder and producer announces debut book
The Creative Act: A Way of Being will be ‘a book about what to do make a great work of art’ and ‘a book about how to be’

Laura Snapes

11, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Def Jam: how a new British imprint of the iconic rap label poached Stormzy
Only 6% of music industry execs are Black. That system fails artists, say the founders of 0207 Def Jam, whose uniquely diverse boardroom aims to change the culture – for good

Joseph JP Patterson

18, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Ricky Powell, hip-hop photographer who captured New York culture, dies aged 59
Photographer who documented Def Jam artists as well as Madonna, Andy Warhol and more was known for his longstanding work with the Beastie Boys

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Feb, 2021 @10:21 AM

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Streaming: curate your own Spike Jonze mini-season
The director’s new Beastie Boys doc is the latest twist in a singular career. What better time to seek out his best work online...

Guy Lodge

25, Apr, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Beastie Boys Story review – Spike Jonze and the boys are back in town
Ad-Rock and Mike D host a convivial trip down memory lane in this filmed record of a live show held in tribute to third member Adam Yauch

Peter Bradshaw

20, Apr, 2020 @4:00 PM

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The week in podcasts: Mortem; Over the Road; The Space Programme
Exploring unusual subjects, from autopsies to long-haul trucking

Miranda Sawyer

23, Feb, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Bowie's gnome and Dr Dre's hospital: musicians' embarrassing early songs
Pop duo Tegan and Sara have re-recorded their high school songs – and they’re not the only songwriters to have started young

Michael Hann

25, Sep, 2019 @8:32 AM

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Cassius's Philippe Zdar dies in fall from Paris building
French producer worked for acts including Phoenix, Kanye West and the Beastie Boys

Laura Snapes

20, Jun, 2019 @6:26 AM

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