It has now been three years since Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch passed away from cancer, but his spirit lives on

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This year will mark the third anniversary of the passing of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, who passed on May 4th, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer at the age of 47.  Just weeks prior to his death, the inventive style he and the crew became known for was immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Now, every year to celebrate his spirit, MCA Day has an annual celebration at Littlefield Performance & Art Space in Brooklyn, New York City, his native town where he lived out his life.  As the MCA Day Facebook page proclaims, the day’s mission is to “bring all lifestyles, sizes, shapes, and forms together to honor the creative, tenacious spirit and life of Adam Yauch… through the true appreciation of community, art and music”.


Yauch was only 22 when the Beastie Boys released their premier record Licensed to Ill, and he directed many of the videos for it.  After the Beastie Boys found success in all levels of music, from Hip Hop to punk and metal fans alike, Adam took on many projects in the creative spectrum: first building state of the art recording studio in New York City, and then establishing an independent film company, thus directing several acclaimed movies.

By 2010, the band had sold 40 million records in total. Yauch leaves behind a legacy that cannot be tarnished as both an inspiring artist, and human rights activist.


-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)

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Curt Cramer is a contributing writer to The Source

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