The enormously talented and energetic Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has achieved much – as a virtuoso drummer for The Roots and others, as a producer, arranger, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” bandleader (also with The Roots), club DJ, composer, Philadelphia music festival curator and culinary entrepreneur.
Now the West Philly native is adding “author” to his resume with “Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove,” due out June 18 on the Grande Central Publishing imprint.
Bearing a title evoking a Spike Lee joint, an op-art cover that echoes an historic representation of Bob Dylan, and a “punch drunk memoir” style that may also win Dylan comparisons, the tome was written with New Yorker editor Ben Greenman.
“Everyone’s favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes and the true originals of the music world,” puffed up today’s announcement of the book release. ”He digs deep into the album cuts of his life, and unearths some pivotal moments in Black music and pop culture. But more than just a series of remembrances, ‘Mo’ Meta Blues’ is a book that also questions the nature of memory and the idea of a post modern Black man saddled with some post-modern Blues. It’s the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind. It’s a rare gift that gives as well as takes.”
Of course, there’s lots to tell about his growing up in the ‘70s as son of doo-wop singer Lee Andrews, the evolution of The Roots as “the last hip hop band on Earth,” plus musings on the state of hip hop and music criticism and stories to share about fellow artists he’s run with and into – from Stevie Wonder to Jay-Z to a roller-skating Prince.