Remembering Adam “MCA” Yauch – Hip Hop’s Most Lovable Punk

Last Friday we lost Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys.  He was 47 and was battling a public-known fight against cancer.

Yauch was the founding member of The Beastie Boys, which started out as a New York hardcore punk band known for their party attitude and crazy shows.  Eventually the band met up with a young Rick Rubin and made Licensed To Ill, one of the few albums that can truly be considered “game changing”.  They combined their party spirit of punk with elements of hip-hop to make a new kind of record that attracted millions.  They continued to make great records (Paul’s Boutique is also an essential album) and have remained one of music’s most lovable bands.

Yauch was also known to some people as Nathanial Hörnblowér, who used this pseudonym when directing the band’s videos.  He was also a strong advocate for social justice in Tibet and helped organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1996.

You will be greatly missed Adam.

Extra! Extra!: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Announced

Each year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a group of worthy musical acts, and this year’s class has some big names.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, Donovan, The Small Faces (otherwise known as The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood), and Laura Nyro will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The award ceremony will be held on April 14 and will be televised on HBO sometime in May.

This is an impressive group of musicians, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion.  The band members have been talking over the years about getting back together – the original lineup hasn’t played together since 1990 – and this ceremony might be all the band needs to bury the hatchet and get back together.  Let’s see if Axel Rose and Slash can actually kiss and make up though.

In order to be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the music act must have released its first record at least twenty-five years ago.