RIP Adam Yauch

Two days after moving to NYC in the mid 90s I found myself relating the story of how my guitar and all my gear was stolen off of a greyhound bus on my recent move to a very familiar stranger in the Rogue Music shop in NYC.

We chatted for about 30 minutes, mostly about moogs and pedals and total music geekery. Toward the end of the 30 minute conversation, feeling that I must have met this guy someplace before (thinking likely in Ann Arbor where I had just moved from) I extend my hand and introduced myself. He said “I’m Adam” and just in the split second it took for me to realize this was MCA of the Beastie Boys Mike D came running up shouting “It’s White! It’s White!” I proceeded to follow them both to a back room where they had just purchased a custom white vintage Moog Liberation keyboard as a birthday gift for Adam Horowitz. We stood around in awe and laughing at the insanity of how cool it was. I rode the elevator down with them out of the building and said goodbye on the street as I went off to have dinner with some friends.

That was my introduction to NYC. MCA was a polite and unassuming person who gave much of his time and effort to many good causes. It is an incredible shame that he is gone now at such an awfully young age.

Adam, you will truly be missed in this world.



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