Sunday, November 04, 2007
In the process of recycling the many, many magazines in my home, I've come across some press on the Beastie Boys, which I'm scanning and posting to my Flickr account. Yesterday, while paging through the April/May 2006 issue of Giant magazine -- which I purchased to read its article on Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! -- I discovered that I had overlooked a very interesting article about the pioneers of rap and Chung King Studios.
The article is a nostalgic look at the work of Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys from 1985 to 1987, with commentary from and information on the people who contributed to making these artists the rap pioneers they are considered to be today. Among the people featured in the article are Rick Rubin and John King (producers of Licensed to Ill), Steve Ettinger (engineer on Licensed to Ill), and Russell Simmons (Beastie Boys' former manager).
For me, the most interesting information in the article is photographer Sunny Bak's comments. It's unusual to find press in which she is interviewed about the Beastie Boys. (Bak is still hanging out with and photographing them today. I saw her last at the Beastie Boys concert in Santa Barbara in August.)
Today you won't read anything more interesting than this article.
(Note: At Flickr, please choose the "All Sizes" link to read the article at a legible size. Giant magazine uses a ridiculously small point size. I enlarged the print with my scans.)