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Also Known As: Nathanial Hrnblowr, Adam Nathaniel Yauch Died: May 4, 2012
Born: August 5, 1964 Cause of Death: Cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession:

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Taught himself to play guitar while in high school
1978:
Formed hardcore punk band The Young Aborigines in New York with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond; later renamed the Beastie Boys
1981:
Group performed first live show at Berry's loft
1983:
Adam Horovitz joined group after Berry's departure
1985:
Incorporated rap into group's sound; began longtime with DJ and producer Rick Rubin with the EP <i>Rock Hard</i>; band re-formed into a rap trio as Adam 'MCA' Yauch, Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz
1985:
Appeared in the feature film "Krush Groove"
1985:
The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna's "The Virgin Tour"
1986:
Group released debut album <i>Licensed to Ill</i> under Rubin's Def Jam label; became first hip-hop album to top the <i>Billboard</i> 200 chart; included breakout single "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
1989:
Sophomore album <i>Paul's Boutique</i> released under Capitol Records
1992:
Returned to punk rock roots with third album <i>Check Your Head</i>, recorded in band's G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, CA; album featured hit single "So What'cha Want"
1992:
Directed the music video for "So What'cha Want" using the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér
1992:
The Beastie Boys formed own label Grand Royal; signed artists Luscious Jackson and Sean Lennon to its roster
1994:
Group's fourth studio album <i>Ill Communication</i> landed at No. 1 on <i>Billboard</i>, thanks to lead single "Sabotage"
1994:
Co-founded the Milarepa Fund with activist Erin Potts, which raised money and awareness for Tibetan independence movement
1994:
Band headlined at Lollapalooza music festival
1998:
Added turntablist Mix Master Mike to band's lineup; released alternative-rap album <i>Hello Nasty</i>
1998:
Executive produced feature documentary "Free Tibet"
1999:
The Beastie Boys won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Performance (<i>Hello Nasty</i>) and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Intergalactic")
2004:
Launched film and distribution company in downtown Manhattan named Oscilloscope Laboratories
2004:
Released chart-topping album <i>To the 5 Boroughs</i> with the Beastie Boys
2008:
With the Beastie Boys, won Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy for <i>The Mix-Up</i> (2007)
2009:
Group went into more experimental direction with eighth studio album <i>Hot Sauce Committee</i>
2011:
Directed a cast of comedy all-stars including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Seth Rogen in the short film "Fight for Your Right Revisited"
2012:
The Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Yauch was unable to attend induction ceremony due to illness
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Education

Edward R. Murrow High School: Brooklyn , New York -
Bard College: -

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