Beastie Boys ‘Kings of Rock’ Vintage Photo Exhibition
In celebrating the Beastie Boys being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (They will be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.) Rush Arts Gallery will be commemorating the group with a special photo exhibition and book event.
Entitled Kings of Rock, the show will be focused on Sunny Bak’s photos of the B-Boys circa 1985 along with a complementary selection of photographs called “Wadeva Images Present Rush Artist Management, 1981 To the Present” by Talib Haqq. With their punk past behind them, the Beasties became a New York hip-hop scene fixture in the mid-’80s, appearing in the graffiti film, Krush Groove, and locking a deal with Def Jam Records. 1986 saw the release of their full length debut, Licensed to Ill which catapulted them into superstar status. From there they would go on to be innovative hip-hop legends, even if it took them a few years to shake off their beer spewing frat boy image (a collective persona they’ve always held as being a gag).
The exhibition will be follow by book signing for Bill Adler and Dan Charnas’ new retrospective, Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.
The opening reception will be held at Rush, 526 W.26th Street, Suite 311, on the evening of Thursday, April 12.