When any important musical figure passes away, although his music continues to live on indefinitely in the mind, body, and spirits of fans, his memory and legend must be appreciated and respected. When Adam Yauch, member of the band The Beastie Boys, passed away recently at a young age of 47, fans everywhere remembered his contributions to and involvement with the band. With over 40 million albums sold worldwide, The Beastie Boys ranked as one of the highest grossing rap groups during the nineties. Even though the musician had begun treatment for cancer in late 2009, it failed when he was only 47 years old. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Yauch helped co-found the group along with band members, and the group began its shift from a strictly punk rock band to a hip hop/rap group. Throughout his career, Yauch actively participated in political activism and charity organizations. He was a member of the “Free Tibet” activists, and organized and partook in concerts and events to support the movement. He continued to begin his own film production company, through which he created and produced films capturing The Beastie Boys concerts and performances. The group undoubtedly shared tremendous success, producing over seven popular albums from License to Ill to Hello Nasty. Ultimately, it is undeniable that Adam Yauch’s influential participation and activism in music and other important issues will forever be remembered, recognized, and revered.
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