Check out some pre-fame Beastie Boys on public access TV in 1984

I spent a couple of hours this weekend with a screener of the new Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys Story–which, by the way is excellent (it’s due on Apple+ on April 24). My favourite parts of the doc deal with the super-early days of the band.

For example, the film prompted me to track down this clip of a pre-rap Beasties (with Kate Schellenbach on drums) on NYC public access TV.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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