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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Monday YouTube Fix: Coldplay Tribute to MCA of the Beastie Boys

Andrew Hitz

The Beastie Boys were an integral part of my childhood.  My mother wouldn't let me buy the album License to Ill because of the very adult themes to the tunes.  In spite of this I learned the words to Paul Revere from my friends rapping it every single recess in 6th grade.  They didn't sound like anything that had come before them and that is not common in popular music.  They resonated with a large number of very diverse people which is why their legacy is so strong to this day. On Friday, one of their members, Adam "MCA" Yauch, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 48.  My Twitter feed exploded with tributes and condolences.  Then the musical tributes started streaming in from around the globe.  This one from Coldplay was quite unexpected and particularly poignant.  Many people would not have expected them to of all bands to do a tribute the very day of his passing.  This video strikes me as incredibly heartfelt.  The final lyrics of the song You've Got To Fight For Your Right To Party never meant so much.

RIP MCA.  We miss you like hell already.

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