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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove

by Ahmir "questlove" Thompson, Ben Greenman

Grand Central Publishing | June 18, 2013 | Hardcover

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
"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

MO'' META BLUES
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 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455501352

ISBN - 13: 9781455501359

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK! Read this book if: - you love the Roots - you were there when hip hop was born and have been a rider on its evolutionary roller coaster - you want to read a witness-account of how music of any genre inspires genius - you know nothing about the Roots, or hip hop, or music of any genre and you just like watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!
Date published: 2013-09-19

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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove

by Ahmir "questlove" Thompson, Ben Greenman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455501352

ISBN - 13: 9781455501359

About the Book

A punch-drunk memoir in which everyone's favorite Questlove, member of The Roots and the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" band leader, 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.

From the Publisher

"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

MO'' META BLUES
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 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.

About the Author

Ahmir Thompson, also known as Questlove, is the drummer and co-founder of the Grammy award-winning hip hop band The Roots. He is also a world-renowned producer, arranger, and songwriter. In 2009, The Roots became the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Questlove has over 2.4 million followers on Twitter and has been known to DJ damn near every night of his life.

Ben Greenman is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, and What He''s Poised to Do. As a journalist and critic, he has written widely on music and pop culture. His most recent novel is The Slippage. He lives in Brooklyn and has never been known to DJ, ever.

Editorial Reviews

"After reading it, you''ll feel like you know Questlove. The book is intimate and funny. Plus, you''ll come away with a crash course in hip-hop history." --NPR.org