Just heard the sad news yesterday that Adam Yauch has died, after a three-year battle with cancer.
Whatever you thought of them, the Beastie Boys were one of the most innovative groups of the 80s and 90s - they mixed hardcore punk and rap with samples taken from decades of music, and created a sound that was pure New York. Their masterpiece is still 1989's Paul's Boutique, though casual fans should also check out The In Sound from Way Out!, a collection of instrumentals from Check Your Head and Ill Communication.
Condolences to his family and friends.
The Beastie Boys eulogize their friend and bandmate here.
The BBC's write-up of the news is here.