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SXSW’s Impact on Austin Economy Totals a Record $356 Million, Study Shows

  • Variety
In the entirety of its 33-year history, South by Southwest’s 2019 event had the greatest economic impact on businesses and residents in Austin, Texas, according to an analysis prepared by Greyhill Advisors in conjunction with SXSW. The study showed that this year’s conference brought $355.9 million of revenue into the Austin economy.

“SXSW is a quintessential Austin story,” said the city’s mayor, Steve Adler. “Starting as a music festival, then expanding to include film and evolving further to cover interactive technology, as well as education and gaming, SXSW has become the world’s fair of the future. The economic impact of SXSW is on par with hosting the Super Bowl every year, and all participants benefit year round.”

The impact analysis report divides SXSW’s economic impact into attendance impact (expenditures by SXSW credentialed participants and single ticket holders), operational impact and consumer impact (expenditures by SXSW Guest Pass and consumer participants). Respectively,
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Revisit the Beastie Boys' seminal Ill Communication with a new mini-documentary

  • The AV Club
When you’ve had a music career as long and varied as the Beastie Boys, you’re bound to have a handful of good stories to tell. Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond shared one such story in a new mini-documentary from Amazon Music that chronicles the band’s recording of 1994's Ill Communication. That album—which followed the…
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Lost Angels: When a Beastie Boy Starred in the Best Youth Culture Film of the Late 80s [Rewind]

Lost Angels: When a Beastie Boy Starred in the Best Youth Culture Film of the Late 80s [Rewind]
When I heard that Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys) was going to be starring in a movie, even though I wasn't the biggest Beasties fan, this was a film I had to see. So my brother and I went to the one movie theater in Orange County, Ca where Lost Angels was playing. The theater was filled with seats (only three of them had humans in them) and the movie proceeded to play on the screen.. To be honest, aside from Horovitz channeling an even more aloof James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Lost Angels wasn't some monumental viewing experience for me. However, it's themes of alienated youth, cultural appropriation, and the lengths a young person would go just to belong were poignant, hard hitting and, frankly, unforgettable.

Lost Angels was a low budget endeavor even by 1988 standards. Made for a pittance ($1.2 million dollars) it is
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Spike Jonze Will Direct Beastie Boys Story Live Show for Very Limited Run

Spike Jonze Will Direct Beastie Boys Story Live Show for Very Limited Run
Adam Yauch would be proud. Michael Diamond, aka Mike D, and Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, are collaborating once again with Spike Jonze for the live Beastie Boys Story stage show. Jonah Hill has also joined the gang in the mysterious live show, which currently only has 5 events lined up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. The Her and Being John Malkovich director will direct the stage show, but there aren't really any other details at the moment. However, things will definitely get weird to keep the spirit of the Beastie Boys alive.

Spike Jonze was a frequent collaborator with the Beastie Boys starting in the 1990s. Jonze came from a skateboarding and punk rock background, which worked seamlessly with the hip hop group. Arguably, their crowning achievement is the "Sabotage" video where Mike D, Ad-Rock, and McA are dressed like cops and other characters from a 1970s TV series. Jonze and the
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David Fricke at SXSW 2019: 10 Great Musical Discoveries

Can a music festival have a mid-life crisis? In its 33rd year, over two weeks in Austin, Texas, SXSW made its biggest headlines in the opening interactive phase, hosting a widely reported forum of prospective Democratic candidates for president. The SXSW film festival featured major premieres and director Q&As, like a spring-break Sundance with a Texas drawl. And a new SXSW sideline – gaming – drew huge lines at the Austin Convention Center. The original founding energy of SXSW, the music festival, was spread out over an entire week, but big
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Beastie Boys: 10 Biggest Takeaways From Their SXSW Keynote

Beastie Boys: 10 Biggest Takeaways From Their SXSW Keynote
The last time the Beastie Boys attended South By Southwest, it was in 2006, when the group was promoting their fan-sourced concert film Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! A lot has changed in the last 13 years.

When the Beastie Boys stopped by to deliver a keynote address at the Austin Convention Center Friday morning — a full week into the 2019 edition of SXSW — the group consisted of two surviving members: Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. Adam Yauch, their third partner in crime, died of cancer in 2012, and Horowitz and Diamond wrote 2018’s
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Spike Jonze Directing Beastie Boys Live Show, but There Will Only Be Three Performances

Spike Jonze Directing Beastie Boys Live Show, but There Will Only Be Three Performances
Spike Jonze isn’t ready to announce any new movies just yet, but he is set to return with a brand new project next month. The “Her” and “Being John Malkovich” director will direct the Beastie Boys in a brand new stage show entitled “Beastie Boys Story: As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz.” Diamond and Horovitz founded the rap group in 1981 with Adam Yauch, who passed away from cancer in 2012.

“Beastie Boys Story” will play for three nights only in Philadelphia and New York. The world premiere will take place at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater on April 5, followed by two performances at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York on April 8 and April 9. Further details on the project are remaining under wraps. From the sound of it, the show looks to combine music and an oral history of the Beastie Boys’ founding and rise to becoming an iconic rap group.
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SXSW Adds Jodie Foster, Katie Couric And More As Featured Speakers; Pj Raval, Dawn Ostroff To Keynote Lineup

  • Deadline
SXSW Adds Jodie Foster, Katie Couric And More As Featured Speakers; Pj Raval, Dawn Ostroff To Keynote Lineup
The lineup for keynote and featured speakers continues to grow at SXSW with their final round up of guests. Call Her Ganda filmmaker Pj Raval and a conversation with Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, Gimlet co-founder Matt Lieber and Anchor co-founder Michael Mignano have been added to keynote program while journalist Katie Couric, Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, MasterClass CEO and cofounder David Rogier; entrepreneur and model Ashley Graham; journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell; writer and director Noah Hawley; actress Billie Lourd, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and others have been added to the feature lineup.

SXSW continues to be a unique destination for innovation and discovery,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “The addition of groundbreaking filmmakers like Pj Raval and influential voices like Ashley Graham and Malcolm Gladwell expresses the depth of the event, and we’re so pleased about how the whole of Conference programming has come together.
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Stacey Abrams, Elisabeth Moss and Ethan Hawke Added as SXSW Speakers

  • The Wrap
SXSW announced a new wave of keynote and featured speakers on Tuesday for the 2019 edition of the annual Austin festival, with major figures from politics, business and entertainment included on the list.

Keynotes announced today include former House Speaker John Boehner; Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon’s Nathan Brackett; award-winning producer, musician and songwriter T Bone Burnett; investor and author Roger McNamee; and Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher. They join a keynote list that already includes Olivia Wilde, Marti Noxon, and Jessica Brillhart.

The featured speaker list is even bigger, including “Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss, “First Reformed” star Ethan Hawke, and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Other featured speakers include WWE’s Stephanie McMahon and Charlotte Flair, David Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Brandi Carlile, Amber Heard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nile Rodgers, Padma Lakshmi, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Turner Entertainment Cco Kevin Reilly.

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SXSW Unveils Keynotes, Adds Stacey Abrams, Elizabeth Banks, Aidy Bryant & More As Featured Speakers

  • Deadline
SXSW has announced keynote speakers and has added another round of impressive names to their already robust roster of featured speakers. The South by Southwest Conference and Festival takes place March 8–17 in Austin.

Political trailblazer Stacey Abrams, multi-hyphenate Hollywood force of nature Elizabeth Banks, Saturday Night Live fave and Shrill star Aidy Bryant, music icon David Byrne, newly-minted Grammy winner Brandi Carlile, SXSW regular Ethan Hawke, Aquaman star Amber Heard, Goop high priestess Gwyneth Paltrow, Facebook saga players Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (The Winklevi?), and more.

On top of that, keynotes will include former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner with Acreage Holdings Chairman and CEO Kevin Murphy; a Keynote Conversation with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon’s Nathan Brackett; award-winning producer, musician and songwriter T Bone Burnett; investor and author Roger McNamee with Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson; and
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Elisabeth Moss, Brandi Carlile, John Boehner Added as SXSW Speakers

  • Variety
Elisabeth Moss, Brandi Carlile, John Boehner Added as SXSW Speakers
The Beastie Boys, Brandi Carlile, Elisabeth Moss, T Bone Burnett and former House Speaker John Boehner have been added as speakers at the SXSW Conference during March 8–17 in Austin, Texas.

Keynotes announced Tuesday include Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys with Amazon’s Nathan Brackett; investor and author Roger McNamee with Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson; and Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher, in addition to Boehner and Burnett. The conference runs concurrently with the SXSW Film Festival.

Featured speakers include politician Stacey Abrams, David Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Aidy Bryant, professional wrestler Charlotte Flair, Ethan Hawke, Amber Heard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Reilly, Nile Rodgers, futurist Brian Solis, Padma Lakshmi, WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon; Gemini president Cameron Winklevoss and CEO Tyler Winklevoss. Carlile and Moss will be paired in a discussion.

“We’re fortunate to bring together a diverse group of creative thinkers and leaders to share their perspectives,
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Why ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Is the Audiobook of the Year

Why ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Is the Audiobook of the Year
Before even opening a physical copy of Beastie Boys Book, you already know that Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz are great storytellers – it’s one of the qualities that makes their music great. So it’s no surprise that these nearly 600 pages are jam-packed with hilarious anecdotes about everything from a long-con prank involving a cursed piece of jewelry that Adam Yauch pulled on Horovitz to the guys walking Lee “Scratch” Perry through Greenwich Village’s famed Halloween parade. Beastie Boys Book also offers fascinating first-person accounts of post-punk New York City in the Eighties,
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The Best Music Books of 2018

  • Rolling Stone
The Best Music Books of 2018
This year’s best music books offers a mix of fascinating memoir, adventurous criticism and rich historical investigation.

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, Ryan H. Walsh

Van Morrison’s 1968 LP Astral Weeks was a landmark fusion of jazz, folk, rock and meditative soul. But its creation is as mysterious as the cantankerous genius who made it. Journalist Walsh dives into the Boston rock scene of the time, where Morrison made the LP after fleeing New York, due to problems with a mobbed-up record business; there are cameos from Timothy Leary,
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The Best Music Books of 2018

  • Rolling Stone
The Best Music Books of 2018
This year’s best music books offers a mix of fascinating memoir, adventurous criticism and rich historical investigation.

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, Ryan H. Walsh

Van Morrison’s 1968 LP Astral Weeks was a landmark fusion of jazz, folk, rock and meditative soul. But its creation is as mysterious as the cantankerous genius who made it. Journalist Walsh dives into the Boston rock scene of the time, where Morrison made the LP after fleeing New York, due to problems with a mobbed-up record business; there are cameos from Timothy Leary,
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Vin Diesel Teaches Breakdancing in Unearthed Video from the 80s

Vin Diesel Teaches Breakdancing in Unearthed Video from the 80s
Vin Diesel's breakdancing video reminds everybody of his old school hip hop cred. The action star is 51-years old and grew up in New York City, which places him right in the middle of the birth of hip hop. Vin Diesel, aka Mark Sinclair, has often talked about his days growing up as an aspiring break-dancer back in the mid-1980s. Back then, he was dancing in the streets (not like David Bowie and Mick Jagger), performing at Columbus Circle and Washington Square Park, which Diesel fondly calls his first gig.

To get into clubs for free, Vin Diesel started doing security so that he could spend his nights off dancing. He's obviously a kid in the breakdancing video, so some of his moves are a little off, but they're much better than a lot of people can do, and a lot better than his first attempt at rapping.
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Hear Tim Meadows Tell the Story of Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’

Hear Tim Meadows Tell the Story of Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’
One of the best things about Beastie Boys Book, the massive memoir being released this week, is how wildly overstuffed it is with jokes, insights and unexpected voices. It’s mostly made up of incredible first-person memories from Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond, but there are also interjections from friends like Wes Anderson, Luc Sante and Amy Poehler; a recipe section from chef Roy Choi; a photo scrapbook from Spike Jonze; a short graphic-novel chapter; and lots more. “We wanted to have it be different, with little chapters about different things,
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Inside the Beastie Boys’ Wild, Moving Memoir

Inside the Beastie Boys’ Wild, Moving Memoir
Michael Diamond was driving in California the other day, just a nudge past the legal speed limit, when he got pulled over. “So the officer goes, ‘My son is eight years old. He was just listening to “Brass Monkey” and “Intergalactic” this morning!'” He pauses for the punchline. “Still gave me the ticket, though.”

Adam Horovitz, sitting next to him, smirks. “Yeah, he listened to it and he hated it!”

The two old friends – known to three generations of fans as Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys
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New ‘Bad Reputation’ Trailer: How Joan Jett Changed The Face Of Punk

From director Kevin Kerslake comes a celebration of Joan Jett, the Godmother of Punk Rock. The film is called Bad Reputation and we have a brand new UK trailer.

Bad Reputation is an electrifying documentary about how a strong-willed musician became a cultural icon and a trailblazer for women in the arts and the world over. The film will be coming to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 26 October 2018 and will have its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 12 and 13 October.

Featuring interviews with Adam Horovitz, Alison Mosshart, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Debbie Harry, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Iggy Pop, Kathleen Hanna, Kristen Stewart, Michael J. Fox, Michelle Cho, Miley Cyrus and laced with thrilling archival footage, Bad Reputation offers a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene and the rocky road to rock stardom decades on.
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Mike D, Ad-Rock Set ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Tour

Mike D, Ad-Rock Set ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Tour
Beastie Boys‘ Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will embark on a six-date book tour in support of their upcoming tome on the legendary hip-hop trio, Beastie Boys Book.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond will feature a special guest moderator at each stop along with feature readings, a Q&A and a live score provided by the group’s longtime DJ Mixmaster Mike.

The U.S. leg begins October 29th at New York’s Town Hall and concludes November 5th at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater,
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John Lydon Looks Back on 40 Years of Public Image Ltd.

John Lydon Looks Back on 40 Years of Public Image Ltd.
“I’m not a sad sack,” says John Lydon. “The more problems you give me, the better I look.”

The Public Image Ltd. frontman and former “Mr. Johnny Rotten” has been reflecting lately on the last four decades of his career, the time in which he separated himself from the Sex Pistols and became a post-punk pioneer, exploring arty indulgences and mantra-like rock. Over the past eight years, he’s reviewed his life story while participating in interviews for a new documentary, The Public Image Is Rotten. The film offers
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