Photographs by Ari Marcopoulos
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Music / Photo Essay / Urban
11.9 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches, 144 pages
Spanning the years 1991-96, Marcopoulos’s intimate black-and-white photographs capture the ongoing relevance and increasing musicianship of the Beastie Boys. The trio once gay- and woman-bashing brats, now respected members of popular music’s social activist club shine through as melders of Hip Hop, funk, rock, and rap. What one thinks of their music is irrelevant, however, because the selections are so resonant and captivating that one cannot help but feel the pulse of Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA’s creativity.
Readers get glimpses from the stage as well as impromptu shots of backstage life; all communicate the passion that the Beasties deliver to their audience.
An Amsterdam-born photographer and video artist, Ari Marcopoulos will be represented at the Whitney 2002 Biennial Exhibition March 7 through May 26 in New York City. Michael Heatley’s Beastie Boys: In Their Own Words provides more biographical information, but this oversize book is an outstanding photographic record of a longstanding group. With a prolog by Paul Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky). Highly recommended for music collections.