I keep typing sentences and then deleting them because they seem trite next to actual rememberings by people like Sasha or Mark or Clem. The only mentionable memory I can recall is skipping arm-in-arm from one pub to another on my birthday with my best friend, singing Sure Shot at the top of our lungs, and that seems kind of trite now.
So I’ll just say that hearing that Adam Yauch has died upset me a lot. For literally my entire lifetime the Beastie Boys have been releasing records full of life, energy, ideas, positivity and fun. They, and particularly Yauch, seemed to teach an entire generation of people how to grow up from snotty, irreverent, occasionally offensive little punks into decent, admirable human beings. No one else like them, before or since.