When I learned that Adam Yauch, best known as one of the Beastie Boys, passed away at 47, and after a three-year-long battle with something called Salivary Gland Cancer (that people reportedly get when they’re over 55), I remembered that he was the co-founder of Oscilloscope Laboratories. So with that, I watched Bellflower.
While that has no meaning to you, it might if I explain that Oscilloscope Laboratories helped produced what has become one one of my favorite movies. On Facebook, Bellflower writer, director, and producer Evan Glodell shared the news of Yauch’s passing, calling him a person who had an direction changing impact on his life.
Under Adam Yauch and David Fenkel (who, according to The Chicago Tribune was set to step away, but has been called back as President after Yauch’s death), Oscilloscope Laboratories went from record labels, to movies, producing 50 films, including Bellflower.
So, in a way, I have Adam Yauch and David Fenkel to thank for introducing me to the group of extremely fun, smart, and inspiring people behind Bellflower.
Bellflower and Oscilloscope Laboratories aside, America, once again this year for some reason, lost another important signpost on the Zeitgeist, and in a very short time; Junior Seau passed of suicide just three days earlier and Dick Clark was just two weeks ago – I could go on about 2012 and death.
Bestie Boys Were The First…
Adam Yauch’s Bestie Boys were the first White group to enter what, at the time, many thought was a genre, Rap, that was “Blacks only.” In the process, The Bestie Boys helped make Rap and Hip Hop mainstream, helping all other artists achieve higher levels of fame and success.
Here, Coldplay sings this tribute to Adam Yauch at Hollywood Bowl, 4 May 2012.
And here’s the classic, “You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party”