Here’s a real bummer of a headline that I didn’t expect to be reading today. Adam Yauch, perhaps better known as MCA of the Beastie Boys and the Swiss filmmaker Nathaniel Hornblower, has lost his battle with cancer and passed away. He had been diagnosed with cancer in a salivary gland and a lymph node back in 2009; his treatment delayed the release of the Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 and kept them from touring in support of it. Everything we had heard in the preceding months, however, seemed to be positive with his band members remaining hopeful that he would recover. However, when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, Yauch did not attend. I guess we should have known something was up. He was 47 years old
The news definitely came as a shock to me, and having just watched the documentary Marley, it seems eerily similar to how everyone thought Bob Marley would beat cancer and then it just didn’t happen. Yauch had been keeping busy in recent years with projects outside of the music industry as well, directing his first feature length films Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That! and Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot and also co-founding the fantastic indie film distribution and production company Oscilloscope Laboratories. He was also very involved in the Free Tibet movement and other charity work. He really will be missed and it’s a shame that we won’t get to see what else he had in store for us. Are you a fan of Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys? I’ll leave you with a couple of of my favourite Beastie Boys music videos directed by Yauch himself, along with his short film Fight For Your Right Revisited.