Ricky Powell in NYC

This film meets Ricky Powell, a native New Yorker whose photographs of iconic people such as the Beastie Boys, Keith Haring and Cindy Crawford made him a pivotal figure in the downtown party scene during the ’80s and ’90s. Now 50, Ricky’s lust for photography and music is still strong. Retrospective of New York City and how it has changed over his lifetime, he shows us around the city and contemplates what the future holds.

from Will Robson-Scott

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, a mural was commissioned at the original site of the photo on the album cover. Artist Danielle Mastrion started the piece on Saturday morning, featuring striking caricatures of each of the legendary trio’s members, the mural sits at the corner of Rivington and Ludlow on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

via Beastie Boys News, curated by Polly Blog Stew

25 years of “Paul’s Boutique”: celebrated with a new book and a movie

It’s only 5 more days to the 25th anniversary of Paul’s Boutique, the legendary 2nd album of the Beastie Boys. When the record turned 20 years, the Beastie Boys released a remastered version and a special collector’s edition. This year, a movie and a book about Paul’s Boutique are going to be published.

Paul’s Boutique - A Visual Companion

Some guys from Italy came up with a very great idea: some kind of movie (or music video at movie length) that you can see while listening to Paul’s Boutique. If I remember right, MCA planned to do a video for every single song of Paul’s Boutique but did not reach this goal 25 years ago. So, he might have been liked this idea of a visual companion.

The movie probably will show a mix from official Beastie Boys stuff from that area, mixed with strange other moving images from that time and I expect also some stuff that was inspiring the Beastie Boys over 25 years ago, visual stuff that fits the samples and so on. The makers got two great poster arts by comic artists Jim Mahfood (creator of the Ask For Janice comic) and Derek Langille (who made the Sabotage vintage comic) and have a move trailer online.

The movie is planned to be released online on July 25th, straight after midnight (CET), at the movie website.

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique

Beside the movie, a new book about Paul’s Boutique will be see the light on July 25th. The press release fot the book “For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique” promises “exclusive information on the long-lost outtakes of Paul’s Boutique, Capitol Records’ misadventures with the Beasties, rare photos and much more.”

The book is written by Dan LeRoy and Peter Relic. Dan already wrote a book about Paul’s Boutique some years ago for the 33⅓ book series but Peter found out a bunch of other Paul’s Boutique-related facts, that they both teamed up to write another book about the record. You can find some more background information at No Echo.

"For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique", by Dan LeRoy and Peter Relic, will be released on July 25 on 66 2/3 Press. It is available as Kindle ebook and paperback via Amazon.com exclusively.

We keep you updated when you can order the book, and how to buy the book in other countries than the US.