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John Berry (Guitarist)
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Musician
    (August 29, 1963-May 19, 2016)
    Born in United States
    Founding member and guitarist of the Beastie Boys (1981-82)
    Played on the Beastie Boys EP 'Polly Wog Stew'
    Also played with the Young Aborigines, Even Worse, Thwig, Big Fat Love and Bourbon Deluxe
    Died from frontal lobe dementia
    He shares his name with a country musician.
    He and Kate Schellenbach were the Pete Bests of the Beastie Boys.
    Unlike Schellenbach, he found no music success post-Beastie Boys.
    He showed up late to gigs due to his drinking and drug experimentation.
    He left before the band's transition from hardcore punk to hip hop.
    He persuaded Mike Dto sneak out of his parents' house to go to concerts.
    He was accused of throwing snowballs at Bauhaus during their debut U.S. performance.
    He attended high school with Mike D, which led to them forming their first band, the Young Aborigines.
    It was he who coined the name of the band 'Beastie Boys.'
    His leaving the band paved the way for Ad-Rock to join.
    The Beasties used his loft for their first practices.
    He remained on good terms with the remaining Beastie Boys.
    Mike D considered him his 'first teacher of all things punk.'

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