Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique

BOOK: Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique

Paul’s Boutique

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Paul’s Boutique

Dan LeRoy


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Copyright © 2006 by Dan LeRoy

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publishers or their agents.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

LeRoy, Dan.
Paul’s boutique / by Dan LeRoy.
p. cm. - (33 1/3)
Includes bibliographical references.
eISBN-13: 978-1-4411-2819-5
1. Beastie Boys. 2. Beastie Boys. Paul’s boutique. I. Title. II. Series.
ML421.B39L47 2006



Without the love, friendship and support of the following people, this book would not exist: Stephen, Rachel, Thomas and Henry Catanzarite; Drew and Angie LeRoy; Nancy, Alex and Matthew LeRoy; Heather and Eric Lewis; Michael Lipton; Brenda Smith Nutter Schanie, John D. Nutter, Devin Nutter and family; Paul, Gina, Abigail, Amanda and Drew Martin-Ryan; Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomas Tallman; Jamie Tallman; and the editors and staff, past and present, of
The Charleston Daily Mail
, especially Monica Orosz and Chris Stirewalt.

One of the best things about this experience has been the people I have met as a result of it, who have been almost unfailingly helpful, thoughtful and kind. I thank everyone who agreed to be interviewed for this book, including Bill Adler, Gil Bailey, Lisa Ann Cabasa, Madelyn Clark, Eric Haze, John King, Donovan Leitch Jr., Madlib, Dan Nakamura, Prince Paul, Max Perlich (a hat tip as well to Martin Perlich
and Linda Perlich Porter), Matt Robinson, Mike Ross,. Ione Skye, Pam Turbov, Paul Weller and Marvin Young. Ricky Powell also unearthed some of his old, unpublished photos from the
Paul’s Boutique
era, three of which are featured here.

In particular, I extend my gratitude to Cey Adams, Mario Caldato Jr., Tim Carr, Matt Dike, Jeremy Shatan, Jon Sidel, Mike Simpson, Leyla Turkkan and Brian Williams. Many of these people patiently answered several rounds of questions; many pointed me in the direction of valuable sources; and each of them always went the proverbial extra mile. So did Jennifer Hall of SAM Entertainment, and without the inimitable Sean ‘The Captain’ Carasov, I can’t imagine how any of this would have gotten done.

My sincere appreciation as well to Dr. David Barker at Continuum for commissioning this book, and for all his subsequent encouragement and assistance. Meanwhile, Mark Laudenschlager at the peerless
was invaluable, sharing rare documents, recordings and advice. In the always-sage words of The Captain, Mark and his co-conspirators—Brian Chambers, Kristine Sivacek, David Ensinger and Mike Klenke—“know shit I bet the Beasties don’t”

And thanks to Mike D—who graciously offered his recollections of this little-documented era—and to the Beastie Boys, for
Paul’s Boutique
. I have tried to tell the story of the album I consider their greatest as accurately, but entertainingly, as possible; I hope they will agree, and that you will as well.

Finally, I give special thanks:

To my wonderful parents, Louie and Polly LeRoy, who have never questioned my decision to write about music, instead of run for president.

To my lovely wife, Kiena Nutter, and my three beautiful
children, Carys, Greer and Grant, who patiently gave up a husband and father for long stretches while this book was being written.

And to Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Dan LeRoy
Autumn 2005

Beasties on Capitol Records rooftop, June 29, 1989. Copyright © Ricky Powell. Used by permission.

Matt Dike. Copyright © Ricky Powell. Used by permission.

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