JUXTAPOZ BEASTIE BOYS ISSUE
Whether you think the Beastie Boys are genius or just some crew of geezer rappers, anyone who is into art and film will devour Juxtapoz’s Beastie Boy tribute mag. Because the mag isn’t a big jizzfest about the Beastie Boys, it’s an anthology and intro to the cohort of creative minds that collaborated with the band throughout their career.
In their 30 plus years making music, the Beastie Boys also made cool clothes (X-Large), magazine and record label (both called Grand Royal) and aligned themselves with some of the most inventive artists, directors and producers of their generation. They were trendspotters and tastemakers before the buzzwords even existed and were cross-media entrepreneurs before every celeb had their own fragrance and clothing line at a discount retailer. (They also ruled as activists, raising lots of money for Tibetan freedom and marrying awesome feminists like Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna and Happy Madison Director Tamra Davis, who also has her own vegan cooking show.)
MCA might be gone (cancer. last year. grrrr, bad move, cruel world), but modern day creative types can tap into the Beastie’s flow by simply mining the mag, which contains features and interviews with masterfully talented band collaborators like photographer Ricky Powell (who’s work was Mark “The Cobra Snake” Hunter meets Terry Richardson before either of them were even a thing and–without the pervy Uncle Terry element), psychedelic painter Alex Grey (who is called one of the top spiritual leaders of today), Haze (a pre-Banksy street and graffiti artist) and Mike Mills (a print artist who went on to direct 2010’s Beginners–an incredible film if you haven’t yet seen it).
In all, the magazine comprises a cool 150 pages of art and film’s most inventive minds, all gathered in one place to help spark *your* creative energy. Just be sure to grab a copy of the June issue now–in a week or so, it will be gone from stands for good.
IMAGES TOP TO BOTTOM: JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE (FEATURE IMAGE), RICKY POWELL, MUNK ONE, HAZE, MIKE MILLS