Beastie Boys sign deal to write a memoir

From left, musicians Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys arrive at the 11th Annual Webby Awards at Chipriani Wall Street on June 5, 2007, in New York. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The Beastie Boys are writing a memoir -- but it won't be a typical tell-all.

Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz -- who along with Adam Yauch, who died last year after battling cancer, comprise the hip-hop group -- have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, according to The New York Times. The as-yet-untitled book is being planned for a fall 2015 release.

The Beastie Boys are "interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience," Spiegel & Grau publisher Julie Grau told the Times. "There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up."

The book will reportedly be "loosely structured as an oral history" and will include contributions from other writers and a "strong visual component." Grau and Luke Janklow, the group's agent, both compared it to Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys' short-lived magazine published in the 1990s.

"The first words out of Mike's mouth were, 'I don't want to do a straight memoir,'" Janklow said.

Spiegel & Grau also published Jay-Z's 2010 book "Decoded." Other musicians who have recently published memoirs include Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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