Mo' Meta Blues by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
The World According to Questlove

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6 Critic Reviews

Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here.
-Kirkus

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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 Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

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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.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Mo' Meta Blues
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 28 2013

Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jun 25 2013

There are few tales of rock star excess in “Mo’ Meta Blues.” The author, very much still in the music game, is holding back.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 13 2013

Thompson’s eclectic “meta” mix of writing styles—punctuated by interviews with Rich Nichols, the group’s longtime comanager—appropriately captures the almost two-decade-long history of the Roots.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Eric Thurm on Jun 24 2013

Mo’ Meta Blues tries hard to not be another music memoir, but it falls into an all-too-common trap of the genre: Spending a lifetime focused on making music doesn’t necessarily translate to the written word.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Del F. Cowie on Jul 12 2013

Questlove’s impeccable curatorial instincts and palpable love of music would be evident no matter how the book was arranged.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Del F. Cowie on Jul 12 2013

Questlove’s impeccable curatorial instincts and palpable love of music would be evident no matter how the book was arranged.

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