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Mo' Meta Blues : The World According to Questlove

By (author) Ahmir Thompson , By (author) Ben Greenman

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MO' META BLUES is a punch-drunk-on-culture memoir in which Ahmir tells his own story while tackling the greats, the lates, the fakes, the headliners, and the almost-weres of music, as well as pivotal moments in black art and culture. As one of our most recognizable cultural chameleons, Ahmir writes his story in his inimitable, passionate, stream-of-consciousness style. His book will reveal his own formative experiences, such as growing up in 1970s North Philly with 1950s doo-wop singers as parents, finding his way though music, and ultimately founding and rising up with The Roots, as well as some random musings about his run-ins with celebrities and playing with his idols. MO' META BLUES further distinguishes itself as utterly unique by constantly questioning its own form and quality, thereby getting deeper and deeper into the truth and heart of Ahmir's life (hence the 'Meta' of the title). Ahmir will also end each chapter with reviews of his favorite records from that chapter's time period. This book is a psychedelic amalgam of self-examination, music, pop culture, black culture, and is absolutely one-of-a-kind.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • 29 Aug 2013
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Grand Central Publishing
  • New York
  • English
  • Illustrations (some colour)
  • 1455501352
  • 9781455501359
  • 17,300

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Ahmir Thompson, also known as Questlove, is the drummer for the Grammy award-winning hip hop band The Roots. In 2009, The Roots became the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has over 2.1 million followers on Twitter.

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"MO' META BLUES isn't just a memoir. It's a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a postmodern black man saddled with some postmodern blues. 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. "[MO' META BLUES] is incredible . . . [Questlove is] one of the more unabashed music geeks to ever walk the earth . . . a student of music and pop culture. But, as the book demonstrates, Thompson is also a wonderful storyteller." --Pitchfork.com

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