Number of page: 211
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2013
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
“You have to bear in mind that [Questlove] is one of the smartest motherf*****s on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless.” –Robert ChristgauMO’ META BLUESThe World According to QuestloveMo’ Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone’s Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture.Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is many things: virtuoso drummer, producer, arranger, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless Tweeter. He is one of our most ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and in this, his first book, he reveals his own formative experiences–from growing up in 1970s West Philly as the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer, to finding his own way through the music world and ultimately co-founding and rising up with the Roots, a.k.a., the last hip hop band on Earth. Mo’ Meta Blues also has some (many) random (or not) musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements, as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols, and fellow artists, from Stevie Wonder to KISS to D’Angelo to Jay-Z to Dave Chappelle to you ever seen Prince roller-skate ! But Mo’ Meta Blues isn’t just a memoir. It’s a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a post-modern black man saddled with some post-modern blues. It’s a book that questions what a book like Mo’ Meta Blues really is. It’s the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind.It’s a rare gift that gives as well as takes.It’s a record that keeps going around and around.
- A Google User
Review: Mo’ Meta Blues To say Ahmir Thompson is one of the most important figures in American culture today would be an understatement. He’s better known as Questlove, the leader of The Roots a neosoul hiphop group comprised of live instrumentals with politically and intellectually charged lyrics. He and The Roots are the house band for Jimmy Fallon, he’s a music producer, a black rights activist, and an overall
- A Google User
MO’ META BLUES: The World According to Questlove A thoughtful, incisive analysis of hip-hop—and pop music in general—from one of its foremost contemporary architects.It’s no surprise that this isn’t your standard musical memoir. As drummer and aural conceptualist for the Roots, producer for other artists, Jimmy Fallon bandleader and provocative cultural critic, Thompson, aka Questlove, has pushed the boundaries of convention wherever his
- Jacqwel Brown
This book is right on time. Great look into the life of a musical virtuoso peppered with stories about celebrities you would never think of and some you would. Didn’t know ?uestlove was so deep. I’ll be waiting for the next one. well Tariq, when do we get your book?
- Marcus Johnson
Read it in 4 days Title speaks for itself. It’s cool to see how he gets personal about his work affairs. Most musicians can’t verbalize their feelings. We typically play them out. Great book.
- Jared Zlotnick
This story is relevant to everyone. It’s about finding your way in the world (through music).
- Iffah Alyssia
- Terrance Hughes
For music lovers of any genre. As someone not much younger than ?uestlove this book really spoke to me. Plus I’m a bit of a multi genre music nerd myself.
- mike clark
The cold jam!
- Aaron Coleman
Awesome . If you’re a music fan and appreciate awesome story telling, you need to read this book!!
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