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Perry Farrell, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Share Memories of Adam Yauch

Kim Gordon and Perry Farrell
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The untimely death of Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch on Friday has left fans and friends reeling, and has prompted some of those who knew and worked with him to share their remembrances of the 47-year-old hip-hop legend. Among the most recent testimonials: thoughts from Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction.

Farrell eulogized Yauch in an editorial for Rolling Stone, recalling the first time he saw the Beasties perform and explaining the long kinship he felt with the trio, given their shared New York background and Jewish roots. “I saw they were wild, but they had a side to them that was very intelligent and I wanted to befriend them,” Farrell wrote. “So we had them play Lollapalooza in ’94, which might have been, before Chicago, the best Lollapalooza we’d ever done. They went out on the road with George Clinton and the Smashing Pumpkins were there, too, and it was definitely one of the highlight years of Lollapalooza.”

Recalling subsequent performances, Farrell remembered bonding with Yauch and the Beastie Boys, saying, “I kind of felt like they were family, but once removed.” He struggled with how to move forward with Friday’s Jane’s Addiction gig in Birmingham, Ala., admitting, “He was a really good guy trying to help people, and all about being innocent and wild, and even immature if you want to be. He was really such a part of our party vernacular — our musical vernacular. That’s where it gets me. It’s a very gray day.”

Gordon outlined her grief in a talk with NME, calling Yauch’s death a “hugely sad moment” and remembering him as “a great rapper and lyricist.” She went on to share a personal memory of time spent with him on the road in Japan, writing, “Yauch seemed happy to hang out with me and [six-month-old daughter] Coco as we wandered around Tokyo, which was unusual because no one else had babies at that point. Everyone else was busy taking advantage of their precious time in Tokyo.”

As previously reported, Adam Yauch passed away after a three-year struggle with cancer of the parotid gland and lymph node. He is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel.

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