Mo' Meta Blues : The World According to Questlove
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.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
- 29 Aug 2013
- Little, Brown & Company
- Grand Central Publishing
- New York, United States
- Illustrations (some colour)
"A busy thicket of musical geekery . . . likable . . . funny . . . MO' META BLUES has an open-mike, improv-night spirit . . . The end pages on my copy are crammed with song titles; they resemble the back of a popular girl's senior yearbook." --Dwight Garner, "New York Times" "A hip hop thinker with historical perspective . . . an excellent book." --"Philadelphia Inquirer" "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 "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 "A thoughtful, incisive analysis of hip hop-and pop music in general-from one of its foremost contemporary architects . . . a book with as much warmth, heart, and humor as introspective intelligence. Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "Smart, funny, insightful . . . [The] joy of this book is getting to live inside Questlove's jam-packed, restless brain for a while . . . Four stars." --"Rolling Stone" "Attention White Girls: Stop reading about vampires and read what Questlove has to say instead. "Mo' Meta Blues" is a magical kaleidoscope about a high concept, low maintenance genius named Ahmir. Like him, it's smart, funny, sweet and in a thousand places at once. Read it or rot on your vine."--Amy Poehler "I truly love this book. I felt like I was having a conversation with Ahmir, and I may have even said aloud a few times, "What? No way!" It's everything I want to know about someone who is obsessed with music...his love for music (contemporary/revolutionary/cool) is tireless. I am forever a fan of Questlove's fanaticism."--Fred Armisen "Questlove is an artistic giant and spiritual genius whose roots go back to Curtis Mayfield and so many others. This book is a gem to read and a joy to feel! Don't miss it!"--Dr. Cornel West
About Ahmir Thompson
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.