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Awesome Welles: The Beastie Boys' Home Movie

Stephen Dalton, The Times, June 2006

THE WAY Beastie Boys rapper turned movie director Adam "MCA" Yauch tells it, the idea to film the band's sold-out homecoming gig at Madison Square Garden in October 2004 just dropped out of the sky a few days before showtime. Scrabbling around for last-minute ideas, they could have hired a hip Hollywood director like their friend and collaborator Spike Jonze, whose career they helped launch. They could have packed the venue with high-tech camera equipment and super-sized themselves into big-screen rock gods, the method favoured by most bands of their vintage.

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