As I type this my Facebook and Twitter feeds are blowing up about the passing of Adam Yauch/MCA/Nathaniel Hornblower. My morning has been filled with watching old Beastie Boys clips on YouTube. (Check out the gem I unearthed from House of Style circa 1992. I am curious as to where my X-Girl shirts are that I bought on Telegraph in Berkeley...)
The first memories I have of the Beastie Boys are from junior high. My Licensed to Ill cassette got a lot of play. MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D not only provided the soundtrack for my (and many others) high school and college years, they also influenced musical tastes and sartorial choices. Concerts with friends to see the trio were a guaranteed good time. Today we lost one of the three but Adam Yauch will never be forgotten. RIP MCA.
The official statement from Mike D and Ad-Rock can be found here.
Superstylin* Tip: Track 15 from Paul's Boutique is one of my favorite tracks to play on a jukebox at a bar. Trust.