Photo by Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze and Beastie Boys are Releasing a Documentary

Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze have been cooking up something good, and it comes in the form of new documentary, Beastie Boys Story.

The announcement comes after Mike D, Ad-Rock and Spike Jonze released the mammoth Beastie Boys Book back in 2018, during which the seed was planted for a documentary. ‘I owe Beastie Boys a lot,’ Jonze said in a press release. ‘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.’

Jonze first met the Beastie Boys when photographing the trio for Dirt Magazine, who came to him with a concept they’d thought up themselves. ‘For years, Adam Horowitz had been talking about doing a photoshoot as undercover cops, wearing ties and fake moustaches and sitting in a car like we were on a stakeout,’ late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch once told New York Magazine. The band and Jonze (who remained in character in a blonde wig and moustache the entire shoot, despite being behind the camera), decided to revisit the concept for a music video—the forever iconic, ‘Sabotage’.


In addition to the upcoming documentary, a Beastie Boys photo book from Jonze is due out March 17 via Rizzoli, featuring over 200 photos of the hip-hop trio from his personal archive.

Beastie Boys Story will be released on April 24 via Apple TV+.

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