5 Remixes to Honor the Founding Member of the Beastie Boys
John Berry, the guitarist credited for founding the legendary hip hop group the Beastie Boys, died on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the age of 52. Berry's father confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, telling the outlet that his son's frontal frontal lobe dementia had taken a turn for the worse in recent months.
Berry came up with the name "Beastie Boys" and played guitar for the group when it was formed in 1981 with Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Yauch (MCA) and Kate Schellenbach. He hosted the first practices and performances at his apartment in New York. Though he ended up leaving Beastie Boys, he was recognized as a formative member of the band's early years in a speech written by Adam Yauch and read by Horovitz during Beastie Boys' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
To honor Berry, we've compiled five great Beastie Boys remixes. Rest in peace John Berry. Thanks to the Beastie Boys, music has never been the same.