Adam Yauch

Adam Nathaniel Yauch (* August 5, 1964 in New York City; † May 4, 2012 ) was an American musician and music producer who was best known as a founding member of the Beastie Boys under the pseudonym MCA.

Life and work

Yauch was born in 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frances and Noel Yauch. In high school, he taught himself the bass playing. After school, he attended New York's Bard College, which he left after two years. In 1979 he founded with Michael Diamond (Mike D ), John Berry and Kate Schell Bach Beastie Boys, which initially produced hardcore punk. With the release of their debut album Licensed to Ill (1986 ) and the subsequent tour with the hip- hop group Run-DMC the band managed the breakthrough. With over 40 million records sold and four # 1 albums in the United States include the Beastie Boys of the most successful hip- hop bands. Under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér Yauch resulted in numerous music videos of the group also directed, such as on So Whatcha Want, Intergalactic, Body Movin and Ch- Check It Out.

Since 1992, Yauch interested in Buddhism, since 1996, he was a practicing Buddhist. In the same year he teamed up with Erin Potts the Milarepa Fund, the International Tibet Independence Movement supported and organized in 1996 with the carried out in San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert in front of 100,000 spectators one of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid.

In 2002, Yauch founded the film company Oscilloscope Laboratories. The company produced Yauchs directorial debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin ' For That # 1 Spot (2008). In addition Yauchs is company as rental for independent films as Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Meek 's Cutoff (2010), Oren Mover Mans The Messenger - The Last Message ( 2009), Banksy's street art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) worked.

In July 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with parotid gland cancer, consequently, the release of the album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 shifted and already scheduled performances were canceled. After a temporary hope that he beat cancer, his health deteriorated again. At the ceremony for receiving the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012 Yauch could not participate.

On May 4, 2012, he died at the age of 47 years at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. He left behind his wife and a daughter (* 1998).

2013 Adam Yauch has been given to a park in Brooklyn, where Yauch had played as a child.