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8 items from 2012


Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies Two Weeks after Hall of Fame Induction

4 May 2012 2:41 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch has died. The 47-year-old rapper - who was diagnosed with a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 for which he underwent surgery and radiation therapy -passed away Friday morning (05-04-12). Adam - who was also known by his stage name McA - founded the group with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond (Mike D) in 1979 with Berry leaving in 1983 to be replaced by Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). The Beastie Boys have not performed live since the summer of 2009, and the rapper's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for their album 'Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2'. McA didn't attend the Beastie Boys' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago where Ad-Rock and Mike D accepted the accolade but they read out a letter he had written. It said: "I'd like to dedicate this to »

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Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch has died

4 May 2012 2:09 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch has died. The 47-year-old rapper - who was diagnosed with a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 for which he underwent surgery and radiation therapy -passed away this morning (04.05.12). Adam - who was also known by his stage name McA - founded the group with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond (Mike D) in 1979 with Berry leaving in 1983 to be replaced by Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). The Beastie Boys have not performed live since the summer of 2009, and the rapper's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for their album 'Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2'. McA didn't attend the Beastie Boys' induction into »

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The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch: five clips and your memories

4 May 2012 12:18 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

To mark the sad death of Adam Yauch at the age of 47, here are some examples of the Beastie Boys at their finest – and a chance for you to tell us what McA and the band meant to you

Live on the Scott and Gary Show

Before they became rap's biggest act, the Beastie Boys were a hardcore punk band into Black Flag and Bad Brains. Here, Adam Yauch is on bass while adding to the primeval racket are Adam Horovitz on guitar and Michael Diamond on vocals (with, on drums, Kate Schellenbach, later of Luscious Jackson), ahead of their rechristening (as far as Jews can be rechristened) as, respectively, McA, Ad-Rock and Mike D. The footage is from 1984, from a cable TV programme called the Scott and Gary Show, and includes such never-to-be-revisited early "classics" as White Shadow and Egg Raid on Mojo.

(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right »

- Paul Lester

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Beastie Boy Dead: Celebrities React On Twitter

4 May 2012 11:23 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

It's a sad day for the music industry: Adam Yauch, rapper, founding member, all-around beloved musician of the Beastie Boys , passed away on Friday at age 47. Fans and fellow musicians alike were affected by the shocking news about one of the preeminent, longest-lasting groups hip-hop has ever seen. Yauch and Michael "Mike D" Diamond first performed as the Beastie Boys with John Berry and Kate Schellenbach in 1981. The group released eight albums and has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland in 2009; he was unable to attend the Beastie Boys' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, spurring speculation that the rapper had fallen gravely ill.

Launch the gallery below to see celebrity reactions on Twitter:

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- Youyoung Lee

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Beastie Boy and Oscilloscope Founder Adam Yauch Dies from Cancer

4 May 2012 6:36 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Brooklyn-born Adam Yauch, known in the music community as rapper McA in the iconic hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died at age 47 after battling cancer for the last several years. Yauch’s surviving family includes his wife, Dechen Wengdu and their daughter, Losel. Variety confirmed Yauch’s passing as well as his steep decline in health in recent weeks to the extent he was too sick to attend the Beasties' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys in 1979 with rappers Michael “Mike D” Diamond (a friend from high school) and John Berry and Kate Schellenbach. Berry left the group and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz replaced him. After signing with Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin, Schellenbach left the band and the Beasties took hold as a rap trio and achieved mainstream success in 1986 with their License to Ill album and its »

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Beastie Boy and Oscilloscope Founder Adam Yauch Dies from Cancer

4 May 2012 6:36 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Brooklyn-born Adam Yauch, known in the music community as rapper McA in the iconic hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died at age 47 after battling cancer for the last several years. Yauch’s surviving family includes his wife, Dechen Wengdu and their daughter, Losel. Variety confirmed Yauch’s passing as well as his steep decline in health in recent weeks to the extent he was too sick to attend the Beasties' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys in 1979 with rappers Michael “Mike D” Diamond (a friend from high school) and John Berry and Kate Schellenbach. Berry left the group and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz replaced him. After signing with Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin, Schellenbach left the band and the Beasties took hold as a rap trio and achieved mainstream success in 1986 with their License to Ill album and its »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Drummer Patty Schemel

18 April 2012 5:58 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Well Go USA

Patty Schemel shares a moment with Kurt Cobain (l.) and his daughter Frances Bean in Hit So Hard.

Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Drummer Patty Schemel is a 2011 biographical documentary film that chronicles the to-hell-and-back journey of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love’s band Hole.

Directed and co-written by P. David Ebersole, the movie offers audiences a chronicle of life as a rock star in the 1990s from Schemel’s point of view – at band practice, on the road, backstage, performing in front of millions of people and partying after the gig is through. It also reveals the story of the drug addiction and other problems that consumed Schemel and almost took her life.

The film includes a slew of personal home video footage revealing Schemel’s life offstage with Courtney Love, »

- Laurence

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Review: Uneven Documentary ‘Hit So Hard’ Can’t Decide If It’s A Patty Schemel Portrait Or Hole Alt-Rock Examination

10 April 2012 11:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Patty Schemel is best remembered as the drummer of the alternative rock group Hole, fronted by erstwhile alt-queen rocker, now-notorious loudmouth Courtney Love. For top level context, Schemel laid the thunderous beat on both of Hole’s most popular and well-known records, including 1994’s Live Through This, which was released just four days after frontwoman Courtney Love's husband, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in their home. This is all well-documented. What only the most hardcore of rock aficionados will remember was that Schemel’s drum parts on 1997’s follow-up record Celebrity Skin were replaced by a session drummer at the behest of producer Michael Beinhorn (knob-twiddler for records like Soundgarden's Superunknown, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk and Grave Dancers Union by Soul Asylum).

What isn’t well-documented in the career and life of Hole and Schemel -- and this is what “Hit So Hard: The Life »

- The Playlist

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