The first trailer for the highly anticipated Beastie Boys documentary has dropped featuring clips of the group’s iconic history and legendary friendship between Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch.
The clip opens with Ad-Rock rapping the opening lines to their 1986 song ‘Paul Revere’ (“Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell/About three bad brothers you know so well”).
Billed as a live documentary, Beastie Boys Story, features rare archival footage of the hip-hop pioneers alongside clips of their book tour/stage show hybrid that Spike Jonze also helmed.
Live portions of the documentary were captured during Horovitz and Diamond’s live show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn as well as other appearances that included Q&A segments, readings, and guest moderators.
In a statement following the film’s original announcement, Jonze spoke of his relationship with the Beastie Boys: “One time, they pulled me out of a burning ship, and another time they helped me cheat on my college exam to get into Florida State. So it was a real privilege to get to reunite with them and help them tell their story.”
The pioneering trio first met Jonze on a 1995 shoot for Dirt Magazine, where he was overseeing a photoshoot that would be the genesis for their iconic music video for ‘Sabotage’.
Drawing heavily from their bestselling 2018 memoir, Beastie Boys Book, the Beastie Boys Story will first make its premiere at the SXSW film festival this March before a limited engagement in IMAX cinemas on 3 April. Following its theatrical release, the doc is scheduled to air on 24 April exclusively on Apple TV+.
Meanwhile, Jonze is also releasing a photo book on 17 March, culled from the filmmaker’s personal archive and will feature over 200 photos that span the group’s entire career.