I would be remiss in not mentioning the passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys who died on May 4 of throat cancer at the age of 47. The Beast Boys were a band I knew since the release of "License to Ill" in 1987, but I wasn't into rap, so I discounted the value of the music they made. It wasn't until the mid-1990s that I actually started listening to their music and I quickly regretted not taking them seriously from the beginning. I guess it was easy to dismiss them since their first hit was titled "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" They struck me as college goofs who had nothing of value to say.
If you are familiar with The Beastie Boys, I'm sure you have revisited their music over the past few days. If not, I urge you to check out a few of their CDs and give them a listen. From the rollicking party of "License to Ill" to the more soulful "Paul's Boutique" (1989) to the all-out-rocking of "Ill Communication" (1994), the library can guide you through their evolution and maturity. The Beastie Boys were passionate about their music as well as human rights and political causes and Adam Yauch was the driving force with his superb bass guitar. The library offers not just the three titles mentioned above, but many others. Check them out. You might just be surprised how good these kids from Brooklyn really were.
--Keir, Cliff Cave Branch