Spike Jonze and Beastie Boys Release a Joint New Photo Book

Mike D of the Beastie Boys performing at the Riot Fest Music Festival in 2017. Photo by RMV/REX/Shutterstock (9069589e)

The collaboration between visionary video director Spike Jonze and hip hop band Beastie Boys is spread over decades, and so is their friendship. Now, it is commemorated in a new photo book, simply named Beastie Boys, which will be released on March 17th by Rizzoli. The book will contain over 200 photos Jonze took of the trio.

Living Beastie Boys members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, will contribute text to the photo book and Jonze will write the afterword. The book is available now on pre-order.

“When they met for the first time in Los Angeles in 1993, the Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze were rising stars of their respective fields – the golden ages of both east coast hip hop and MTV. Immediately a connection formed between the three MCs and the young filmmaker, which has lasted throughout their careers,” Rizzoli said. “This book shows the greatest act of the hip hop generation in their truest colors as only a close friend could see them–from going on stage at Lollapalooza to writing together at Mike D’s apartment; getting into character for a video to dressing up as old men to hit the basketball court; recording an album in the studio in Los Angeles to goofing around the streets of New York.”