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Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson bio

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Combine the ideas of all music enthusiasts, record executives, and stoned couch surfers and there are some combinations that still cannot be predicted...The newest addition to the list of oddities is a collaboration between longtime hip-hop heroes The Roots and new-wave poster boy Elvis Costello, titled Wise Up Ghost and slated to be released on September 17 by legendary jazz label Blue Note Records.
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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
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Kirkus review:

A thoughtful, incisive analysis of hip-hop—and pop music in general—from one of its foremost contemporary architects.

It’s no surprise that this isn’t your standard musical memoir. As drummer and aural conceptualist for the Roots, producer for other artists, Jimmy Fallon bandleader and provocative cultural critic, Thompson, aka Questlove, has pushed the boundaries of convention wherever his creative energies have taken him. Here, he enlists New Yorker editor and novelist Greenman (The Slippage, 2013, etc.), not as a ghostwriter but as a collaborator and occasional interrogator, interweaving the subject/author’s voice with that of Rich Nichols, the Roots’ career strategist and co-manager from the start, in a book that mixes chronological memoir with critical issues not easily resolved..The result is 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.

PubWeekly review:
First-time author “Questlove” Thompson is cofounder and drummer of the Roots, the popular hip-hop/neo-soul group that also serves as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...enjoyable memoir...always fascinating and sometimes hilarious recollections touch on everything from drumming at age five in his father’s professional doo-wop and soul band to roller-skating as an adult with Eddie Murphy at a bizarre party hosted by Prince...
NYTimes review
RollingStone review
Pitchfork interview
VillageVoice feature:"Questlove is the Hardest-Working Man in Showbiz, and He is Lonely Enough to Prove It"
"‘Mo’ Meta Blues:’ Questlove’s memoir is required reading for anyone who loves records, hip-hop, soul, African-American culture or Questlove"
NPR interview
Peniel Joseph (bio)
recent NYTimes op-ed
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