Continuing our coverage of Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label , due out in October from Rizzoli, we bring you a selection of classic Beastie Boys snaps.

Above, the band hangs out poolside in Florida with Lyor Cohen in Florida in 1986, midway through the Raising Hell tour, where they languished at the bottom of the bill under the likes of Run DMC and LL Cool J.

Written by Bill Adler and Dan Charnas in collaboration with Def Jam founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, the book features tons of equally captivating photos alongside an oral history of the label.

The Beastie Boys in Florida in 1986 during the Raising Hell tour

Designed by celebrated painter, photographer and graphic designer Cey Adams, it also features rare artifacts and memorabilia from Def Jam’s archives, including behind-the-scenes snaps, flyers, advertisements, movie posters, album art and magazine covers.

Below, the Beasties are pictured in 1985 backstage at Madison Square Garden with Rubin and writer Nelson George, after opening for Madonna on the Like A Virgin tour.

Her manager originally wanted Run DMC, but they wanted $50,000 per show while the Beasties offered to do it for a mere $500 per.

Money well spent….

Click to enlarge all; courtesy of Rizzoli / Def Jam:


At the Unisphere, New York, 1986 for Licensed to Ill

The Beastie Boys and Rick Rubin, 1984