New Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys doco drops on Apple TV+

Written by Adam Bryce

Spike Jonze’s live Beastie Boys documentary, Beastie Boys Story, dropped on Apple TV+ today.

The doco consists of archival footage of the band throughout their rise in the 80s and 90s, presented to a live audience by Mike D and Ad-Rock, the surviving members of the trio, at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

It follows the band’s unlikely rise from punk band to rap trio, from local fame to worldwide stardom, touring with Madonna and Run-DMC, losing their way and finding it again, and growing older in the public eye, after being thrust into the limelight as young men. Beastie Boys are longtime collaborators and friends of Jonze, so this documentary is the product of a long creative partnership.

Jonah Hill, who served as a producer on the documentary, describes the Beastie Boys as icons for kids like him. “What I imagine Bob Dylan was to Jewish kids my dad’s age, Beastie Boys and Adam Sandler were that for my generation.”

And perfectly timed to release alongside the doc, the Beastie Boys have collaborated with Opening Ceremony on a line of graphic tees, hoodies and coveralls. The brand enlisted artists like Raymond Pettibon and Kim Gordon to reimagine their most iconic singles and albums in graphic form, and you can find the collection exclusively on Farfetch.

You can watch Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV+ now, which is free for a year if you’ve bought a new Apple product recently.

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