Mo' Meta Blues

Mo' Meta Blues

The World According to Questlove

Book - 2013
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"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 Christgau

The World According to Questlove

Mo' 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 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.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455501359
Branch Call Number: BIO QUESTLOVE
Characteristics: 282 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Greenman, Ben - Author


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Questlove is one of the founders of The Roots, a hip hop/neo soul band that is currently the house band for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. This is his very charming and poetic memoir full of a love of music. Don't expect lots of stories about The Tonight Show. Even if you're not a fan of The Roots and/or hip hop, you'll still enjoy entering the mind of one of the most vital musical geniuses alive today and hearing the stories he has to tell. Recommended by Sonia

Feb 12, 2015

Why yes, that IS indeed what I am talking about. This man is ERUDITE (and , of course, bad*ss). His musical memory is frighteningly vivid. Better learn up on some vintage soul if you aren't already happily swimming in it. There are fish who know it's water and those who don't. Get rhythm. It's a lot of things. -ER


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