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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Beastie Boys '84 Public Access Debut

By: Nat Thomson

New York in the 1980s is a storied time, not only for the city itself but for emerging cultural movements like punk and hip-hop. At the nexus of the two scenes, the Beastie Boys would go on to wild success in the hip-hop world, with their NYC hardcore roots. At the time the low budget alternative to regular TV programing and production was the NYC public access TV route. This is the phenomenon that spawned Glenn O'Brien's TV Party, among others. On particular duo that followed in the TV Party footsteps was The Scott & Gary Show. Read all about the show and the rare Beastie Boys appearance on BlackBook and check out a few numbers from the Beasties below. Truly rare and archival material.