Next spring the Beastie Boys plan to do for their Grand Royal magazine what they did for their music on last year's The Sounds of Science anthology.
A coffee-table book, tentatively titled "Grand Royal," will compile articles from their magazine of the same name, arriving in bookstores next April with an estimated price tag of $40. The full-color tome will include new material alongside such Grand Royal classics as an interview with then-unknown potty-mouthed rapper Kid Rock and a Shaolin temple trip with the Wu Tung Clan.
There have been a grand total of seven issues of Grand Royal, which has been on a sporadic publishing calendar since 1993. Overall distribution across the last six issues of Grand Royal is estimated at 300,000 copies, according to a spokesperson for HarperCollins, publishers of the new book.
Like all Beastie Boy paraphernalia, back issues of the hard-to-find magazine have been a hot item among the Beasties' many rabid fans.
Grand Royal is also the name of the Beastie Boys' record label, whose roster includes soul-core band At the Drive-In, Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the Beasties themselves.