Authors: Dan LeRoy
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Dusty in Memphis
by Warren Zanes
by Andrew Hultkrans
by Sam Inglis
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
by Andy Miller
Meat Is Murder
by Joe Pernice
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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by John Perry
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Sign ‘O’ the Times
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The Velvet Underground and Nico
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Let It Be
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Live at the Apollo
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OK Computer by
Let It Be
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Led Zeppelin IV
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Exile on Main Street
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by Jim Fusilli
by Nicholas Rombes
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Kick Out the Jams
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by Hugo Wilcken
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
by Kim Cooper
Music from Big Pink
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by Ben Sisario
There’s a Riot Goin’ On
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by Alex Green
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Court and Spark
by Sean Nelson
by Matthew Stearns
by David L. Ulin
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
by Ric Menck
by Mike McGonigal
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Copyright © 2006 by Dan LeRoy
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Paul’s boutique / by Dan LeRoy.
p. cm. - (33 1/3)
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Beastie Boys. 2. Beastie Boys. Paul’s boutique. I. Title. II. Series.
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
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
. 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.
Beasties on Capitol Records rooftop, June 29, 1989. Copyright © Ricky Powell. Used by permission.
Matt Dike. Copyright © Ricky Powell. Used by permission.