The Beastie Boys are one of those bands that I always thought would be around forever and ever. Well, you know what I mean. Everything and everyone dies, but still. Adam Yauch (MCA, Nathaniel Hornblower, etc.) helped bring Tibet to younger kids (like me) with the Beastie Boys. Grand Royal was a great magazine and who could forget the myriad of characters that they would play in their videos?? I liked every single one of their albums, some more than others of course, but I liked them ALL. It’s difficult to say that about any artists nowadays.
Plus, I didn’t really know anyone who ever had a problem with the Beastie Boys and if they did, they weren’t on my radar for very long. Today is a sad day with the passing of Adam Yauch. I’m listening to Ill Communication right now in his honor.
If it weren’t for the Beastie Boys, I truly believe that I wouldn’t have had a chance to go see the Dalai Lama speak at UCLA on my 23rd birthday, aeons ago. They helped bring awareness to what has been going on in Tibet for a long time and I respect them immensely for it. They also happen to be incredibly talented musicians, go figure.
RIP Nathaniel Hornblower
A very happy birthday to Keith Haring. Today’s Google doodle is in his honor.
Keith Haring is also partially responsible for a movie that I watched last night that remains stuck in my brain right now, Paris is Burning. A fabulous documentary that was the precursor to a lot of things, including RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Speaking of RuPaul, and while I was hunting for that YouTube like above, I found this gem of a clip from when he appeared on Arsenio Hall for the first time. Most kids won’t have any idea of who Arsenio Hall is, yeah? Weird. I mean, he wasn’t my favorite, but he was funny sometimes and had very interesting people on his show.
There might be some travel on the horizon tomorrow, as Coco and I are going out of town for a few days. My Computer Science class is kicking my ass and I’m equally exasperated with my Marketing class, and how could I forget about the Writing class that I have to finish from last year? Insert face of dread here.
Your comrade in beauty and stuff,