Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Ben Greenman

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ISBN-13: 9781455501373
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 153,588
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is the drummer and co-founder of the Grammy award-winning hip hop band The Roots. He's also a world-renowned producer, arranger, songwriter and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon bandleader.
Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and author of several acclaimed novels, including Superbad, Please Step Back, and The Slippage. As a journalist and critic, he has written widely on music and pop culture.

What People are Saying About This

Fred Armisen

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

Dr. Cornel West

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

Amy Poehler

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

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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
NickyCaffey More than 1 year ago
What a crazy, fun book. I loved the stories about brushes with celebrity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Questlove's book Mo Meta Blues is fascinating. It starts off with Questlove interviewing himself - which I found very interesting. It then goes into a variety of subjects about Black History including fascinating stories about The Roots formation and trouble with recording labels. I loved this book and high recommend it.
mshoni More than 1 year ago
From the start, Questlove (in an interview with himself) contends that he doesn't want this to be a straight forward memoir and wants to do something different in telling his story. This new format includes inserting letters from the co-writer to the editor (both named Ben) about the process & progress of the book which I found distracting. It also has footnotes throughout by Richard Nichols, the longtime co-manager of The Roots, as a counterpoint to Questlove's narrative, which I really enjoyed. As it turns out, though, to me it wound up reading like the standard memoir that he seemed to want to avoid, as it was still stories told in a linear timeline. I did like hearing about the inception of The Roots as a group and I listened to each album as my soundtrack while reading as he told the story of how they came about and the themes surrounding each one. As a fan, I've know about the difficulty the group has had with record labels, recognition from the public, and helping other musicians only to have their success eclipse theirs. Questlove's recounting of these topics was a learning experience that this lover of hip-hop appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eeeeep!! I loveeee Questlove and the Roots crew on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!!<3 Mo' Metta Blues is awesome!! Goooo Questlove!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love The Roots and I love Questlove but I had no assumptions coming into this book since great musicians don't always make great authors. Turns out that Quest is a great author. He merges his own history with musical history in a way that allows us to learn about both without getting bored or overwhelmed by either. I especially enjoyed the various "playlists" and think it would be cool if there was an e-version that included playable links to the songs. (Or maybe for the audio version) If there was anything i didn't like, it was the footnotes. Some of them were rather long and rambly. They were intended to be his internal dialogue with himself, but some of them came across as if speaking directly to the reader and it becomes confusing at times. This book had some laugh out loud funny moments (the Flintstones car stands out) and overall Quest seems sweet, smart, and thoughtful (barring about 5 pages of acknowledgements that appear to have omitted Black Thought. Oops!) He does not get overly personal but the overall presentation is good enough to where you don't miss it. It still comes across as quite intimate and we do get to know him better. I checked this book out firstfrom the library but would purchase it to read again. I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to fans of the legendary Roots crew, Quest fans, memoir lovers, and music enthusiasts. There's something good here for all of us.
rock_scholar More than 1 year ago
As someone who grew up in the Philadelphia area at the same time as Questlove, I am quite biased toward loving everything Questlove/Roots. That said, Ahmir Thompson is, without a doubt, one of the most valuable voices of our generation and of the American experience. His perspectives are touching, surprising, raw, and sometimes gut wrenching. (Plus, the interjections throughout the book by the Roots' manager, Rich Nichols, are hysterical, enlightening, and have the feel of a big brother.) A must read for musicians, music fans, Philadelphians, and anyone with a pulse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique, hilarious &amp; insightful. Worth reading if for no other reason than to learn what it's like to go roller skating with Prince. Highly recommended.
Luke90210 More than 1 year ago
Questlove (ahmir Thompson) has written a very interesting book. His knowledge of music is impressive. The details of the formation and struggles of the band The Roots is very interesting. The book is easy to read and moves quickly through time. I would recommend giving it a try.
Countmonster More than 1 year ago
?Love's life is one dedicated to music, plain and simple. Any aspect of music is what he is all about. His and the Roots journey is long, has bumpy, and ultimately one that produced some of the greatest Hip-Hop I've ever heard.
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To many people, Questlove is just the drummer you occasionally see in the background or in skits on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but he&rsquo;s really a lot more than that.  A self made man with an extreme passion for music who has created countless amazing songs, done philanthropic work, and is essentially the smartest man alive.  Mo&rsquo; Meta Blues takes you inside the mind of Ahmir Thompson in a creative, artistic, and inspiring way that makes you think about some of life&rsquo;s greatest obstacles.  The way he pours over and describes different songs makes you want to listen to them all: While reading I kept a bookmark where I would write down countless tracks and albums to check out later, and my musical knowledge has grown as a result of this book.  It&rsquo;s a must read for any lovers of hip-hop or good music in general.
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Awesome!!!!! Thanks btw
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