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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove explained Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, review Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, trailer Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, box office Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, analysis Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove 35f1 MO META BLUES The World According To QuestloveMo 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 CultureAhmir 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 S West Philly As The Son Of A S Doo Wop Singer, To Finding His Own Way Through The Music World And Ultimately Co Founding And Rising Up With The Roots, Aka 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 Toyou 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 MindIt S A Rare Gift That Gives As Well As TakesIt S A Record That Keeps Going Around And Around

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
  • Ahmir Questlove Thompson
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9781455501359

About the Author: Ahmir Questlove Thompson

Ahmir Khalib Thompson born January 20, 1971 , known professionally as uestlove or Questlove also known as BROther uestion, Questo, Brother Question or Qlove , is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman with Black Thought for the Grammy Award winning band The Roots, serving since February 17, 2014 as the in house band f



10 thoughts on “Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

  1. says:

    Confession To my knowledge, I ve never heard a Roots song Everything I know about the Roots comes from hearing them as the house band on Jimmy Fallon and on the wonderful viral videos of the group playing Call Me Maybe and Blurred Lines on kids instruments Truthfully, I went into the book hoping to read a bunch of Jimmy Fallon and celebrity stories What I got instead was the story of a man my age who pours his love of music onto every page uestlove shatters all of my hip hop stereotypes by pointing out just how in love he and his fellow artists are not just with a select few artists, but the entire universe of music He draws you into his life story and how he consumed every bit of music growing up, from the grooves in the speakers to the grooves in the record The stories of reading reviews in Rolling Stone, being blown away the first time he hears certain artists, and even the memories forever tied to certain songs, album covers, and record labels will ring true to any person who ever geeked out on music uestlove shares how his musical family gave him his education, even giving him a memorable visit with KISS, while also laying the foundation for the hard work that has gone into uestlove s career Even though there are very few Jimmy Fallon stories, or much dishing of dirt, the book is full of a music fan and artist s love for both the history and the present of his art form Like a hip hop Dave Grohl, his love for what he does shines through in what he does in his life, and on every page Highly recommended for any music fan Now I m off to educate myself about the music of the Roots.

  2. says:

    Music has the power to stop time When I listen to songs, I m transported back to the moment of their birth, which is sometimes even before the moment of my birth Old songs, rock or soul or blues, still connect with me because the human emotions in them, whether jealousy or rage or hope, are recognizably similar to the emotions that I m feeling now But I m feeling all of them, all the time, and so the songs act like a chemical process that isolates certain feelings at certain times maybe one song helps illuminate the jubilation and one helps illuminate the sorrow and one helps illuminate the resignation Music has the power to stop time But music also keeps time Questlove, Mo Meta BluesI have to admit that I don t know much about The Roots I did see one of their former members, Rahzel the Human Beatbox, perform at the University of British Columbia some years ago but I would be hard pressed to name a Roots song However, I think that everyone knows Questlove with his easily recognizable afro which he seems to have had since he was a baby Questlove mentions in the first chapter of this book that he didn t want this to be a traditional memoir It definitely does seem to be unique to me it s like a scrapbook filled with playlists, pictures, interviews, conversations, anecdotes, footnotes etc It s very engaging and for all music lovers it will have you feeling a sense of nostalgia for the good old days of music.I knew this autobiography was going to be fun Having finished reading it, I have nothing but admiration for Questlove He s probably not what one would expect a hip hop star to be like I would never have guessed he was quite shy at times, for example I found him very likeable and wanting to be true to himself I doubt whether there are many people in the music world that have as much passion, enthusiasm and knowledge about music, hip hop in particular, as he has I enjoyed seeing him chronicle not only his development as a musician and a connoisseur of music, but also the historical evolution of music Questlove also outlines how music has evolved since the 70s, especially how the acquisition of it has changed due to skype and the internet.It made me reminisce about recording music off the radio during my early teens, though I do not miss having to wind up cassette tapes with loose ribbons I like the fact that Questlove talks about how people have been surprised by his eclectic music taste due to his appearance.I find that people do tend to judge a person s music taste based on their appearance, at least this has been my experience I was glad that he addressed this because after all, music is music And even though people like to furrow their brow like they suspect you re not being honest about yourself, the truth is that they worry that you re not serving their idea of you The book is thoughtful and at the same time funny, philosophical and candid It s clear when reading it that music is Questlove s life I can t help but admire someone who is so dedicated to his craft A great book for music lovers And why has society been allowed to accelerate beyond the point where it makes sense to most of its citizens The quick pace, without regard for the people caught up in it, risks destroying values, whether in food or art or music or human relationships.

  3. says:

    Mo Meta Blues substantiates all that I originally suspected about Questlove s musical nerdom As the child of a moderately successful former Do Wop singer, coupled with an upbringing steeped in drumming, Quest seemed predestined for his current post as leader of the Grammy winning Hip Hop group The Roots In the realm of percussion, his skill with the sticks is undeniable Where things become doubtful, are in Questlove s recollections of his childhood and music To hear someone cite their grasp of adult oriented albums while they were mere infants is beyond farfetched I m all for the idea of kids being intellectually and emotionally advanced for their age but we have to be reasonable The strength of any memoir is in its effectiveness in conveying the story of the individual s being highlighted Mo Meta is sound in that respect As a member of an alternative Hip Hop collective, it didn t come as any real surprise that Questlove s taste in music was not bound by any particular genre Though it did catch me a bit off guard, stumbling across an incident where he and some black musician friends are profiled by the boys in blue while blasting U2 s album The Joshua Tree Not exactly the soundtrack that comes to mind when one imagines black youth cruising through the streets of 1980s Philadelphia.The heart of Mo Meta revolves around Questlove s candor pertaining to the highs and lows of the recording industry Learning about the struggles The Roots endured, specifically within the timeframe of their major label debut, Do You Want More , reminded me of just how unimpressed I was with that album In 1995, I recall selling the cassette to my younger brother at a reduced price To their credit, the group s stage show was a different matter that year It still ranks in the top five concerts I ve attended over the past 25 years As I neared the halfway mark of this book, I was convinced that the final star count would remain firmly at three To avoid any spoilers, let s just say that I was pleasantly surprised by an unexpected injection of highly engaging content Enough to warrant an additional star Roots fan or not, there s something here for a wide cross section of readers.

  4. says:

    5 stars And you gave David Byrne s book 4 What Yep You aren t even a Roots fan, why Because Questlove made me head over heels in deep smit of him Not just for his character as a human being, his intellectual mightiness, charm or even having the best stories about Prince everit was because he made me see music with a different lens and perspective than I had before He renewed something in myself I lost He made me fall in love with idea again that the records I love are testaments of my life not just a soundtrack.

  5. says:

    when you live your life through records, the records are a record of your life drummer, dj, producer, and co founder of the legendary roots crew, ahmir questlove thompson is a one of the music world s most virtuosic individuals possessing talent in spades, uestlove s accomplishments are many, but it is his encyclopedic knowledge and abiding passion for music past and present that set him in another realm mo meta blues is indeed a music memoir, but the story of a life shaped by song most of all.quest begins his bio with the obligatory childhood recollections, albeit ones perhaps far fascinating than the average musical superstar lee andrews, his father, helmed a philly based doo wop group, surrounding and immersing him in the music industry from a very young age questo revisits his formative years in west philly recalling an early and still enduring obsession with rolling stone and record reviews in general, the first time he heard sugarhill gang s rapper s delight, as well as the artists and albums that defined this era of his life his love for prince is likely unrivaled uestlove goes on to detail his career chronologically, from meeting roots mc and co founder tariq trotter black thought while at philly s high school for the creative and performing arts and paying their dues as a drum voice duet on south street through to the roots work as the house band on late night with jimmy fallon and the group s most recent and remarkable album, 2012 s undun.surely, quest s memoir will appeal most of all to fans of the roots and hip hop in general while a knowledge of rap isn t necessary, a passable understanding of the genre ought to enliven the myriad stories especially as he elaborates on early hip hop pioneers and luminaries, as well as his later work with the likes of d angelo, dilla, the soulquarians, and others ardent roots fan or not, mo meta blues is a candid, thoughtful, well written work full of humility, humor, and anti hubris in writing about records, race, success, creativity, self doubt, hardship, and heartbreak, uestlove stands raw and unadorned, without the familiarity and comfort of his drum set or turntables to deflect attention erudite and entertaining, mo meta blues is much than the mere record of questo s career it s a sensitive, observant take on a life lived in, with, through, and surrounded by meaningful music and so that s how it goes i keep moving through time and time keeps moving through me and through that process, life takes shape the question is what shape it is i m not the first person to ask this question, or to see how absurd it is to think there s a real answer maybe life s a circle maybe what goes around comes around maybe there s karma and an account ledger that balances off all debts and credits part of me believes that the part of me that remembers that my drums are circles, that turntables are circles but drumsticks are straight, and there are times when life seems like an arrow that goes in one direction and one direction only, toward a final target that might not be a final reward music has the power to stop time but music also keeps time drummers are timekeepers music conserves time and serves time, just as time conserves and serves music i think i have to believe in circularity, even if i know that the arrow s coming in on the wing will the circle be unbroken that s not the only circle that s a question every circle is lines are statements arrows are especially emphatic statements they divide and they define they count up and count down circles are careful they come around again they overthink they analyze they go back to the scene of the crime they retrace their steps that s where i end up, definitely maybe, always circumspect, always circumscribed by questions, by curiosity, by a certainty that i need a certain amount of uncertainty. ps if you re a true roots fan, uestlove s acknowledgements will undoubtedly be as gratifying as the past 20 years of liner notes.

  6. says:

    I remember when I first heard The Roots My singer put this new group from his hometown on and our whole band all just sat in his apartment playing with his pet hedgehog, silently, listening to their entire first album I remember a few quiet holy shit s during Dice Raw s breathless tightrope act of a freestyle We all felt that something had changed Finally, someone had made live hip hop work Questlove talks about his own formative musical experiences in his memoir He s around the same age as me, so we have some of the same touchstones He talks about how the sonic assault of Public Enemy s Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, which has still never been matched, filled my head It enlarged me I had that moment with PE too, lying on a hotel bed with headphones on just, like, holy shit, these guys are so far beyond that they ve reinvented notes. He also talks about how puzzled he was when he first realized white people were getting into rap, and, well, I was there for that too Hi So a lot of this book is about music, and how Questlove feels music, which is very deeply, and he s one of a very rare breed of people who can explain in words why music is so important to them You don t have to be a fan of rap or deep Stevie Wonder album cuts to appreciate this book, but it doesn t hurt.But by the second half he s exploring The Roots place in black culture the meaning of the black avant garde, black art, black nerds he repeatedly describes himself as an indoor kid, with a tendency to fall inward It s heady stuff and Questlove is a very bright dude his insights are always on point.The Roots changed hip hop when they appeared, and they changed it again as they turned into hip hop s first band with longevity They just keep putting out albums never superstars, which frustrates Questlove, but always present As good as he is at making music, he s not terrific at making hits, which is another thing he explores That s interesting too, because they had to invent how hip hop artists can age gracefully No one had done it before, and honestly almost no one else has done it yet Where s Public Enemy now Ice Cube stars in family movies.I wish he d talked a little about their decision to become Jimmy Fallon s house band, because that was another revelation I was flabbergasted when they took the gig This seemed like what you do when your career is pretty much over, but here they were at the height of their powers, justthey, like, got a job It s not that he doesn t talk about it at all The thing about working without a net is that if you fall, you die, he says It s better to work with a net Fair point But there must have been some angst about the concept of selling out that Questlove s not sharing with us He s trenchant about the question of What is black enough elsewhere in the book I have a giant afro I weigh three hundred pounds No one, upon first seeing me, thinks I m not black enough And yet, in interviews, I m still going through that whole speaks so well syndrome And then they go to work for the whitest dude on the planet But a net s a net.I met Questlove once, at an early gig of theirs They d just blown me away with the best hip hop show I d ever see They did a medley of rap classics during their second set that, I now see, paved the way for their quickfootedness as Fallon s house band I was all stammering, afterwards I, oh, man, I love your music Questlove did not care Only now do I realize that gaggles of skinny white dudes came up and raved about his music after every gig I was not actually onto anything new here Questlove knows how good his music is.It s very, very good, and this is an excellent book about it Obviously I made a playlist for you featuring many of the songs he yells about over the course of it There are a few Roots tracks here too their bigger hits and some of my personal favorites My favorite track of theirs is off their third album It s called Dynamite We got a doctorate in col rockin it says Tariq in one of the best single lines ever written And yes, sirs yes you do Here is the thesis.

  7. says:

    Anyone who has ever heard or read Questlove during an interview knows that he s probably the most unpretentiously scholarly musician on the scene today he talks about music his own and others in the way we re used to seeing filmmakers or novelists discuss their respective arts The breadth and depth of his music knowledge would have to be unparalleled it almost certainly is in the modern music industry but what stands out the most about Questlove in interviews is his enthusiasm for music.That enthusiasm is on every page of Mo Meta Blues, Questlove s memoir of his life in music, and it s infectious as hell Knowing a bit about music myself nowhere near Questlove s level, of course , I got a lot of the references to artists, albums and songs throughout by the time I was on page 20, I already wanted to make a playlist of every song he mentions By the book s end, I was compiling a list of artists I wasn t as familiar with because he gushed so much over them It s hard to imagine anyone reading this book and not doing the same, Questlove s sense of joy and awe over his favorite artists being impossible to avoid.The benefit of his being a consistent force in hip hop but never quite achieving superstardom of Jay Z or Kanye West proportions puts him in a unique position to recount the last days of hip hop s golden age as participant, catalyst and critical observer He comes off as a cultural Cassandra at times, such as pinpointing hip hop s funeral taking place at the Source Awards in 1995 where the East Coast West Coast beef escalated to an eventually fatal scale , but he defends himself well It s hard to argue with a man who knows so much about both the supply and demand of music when he says that pop culture in general, and hip hop in particular, has lost a lot of its humanity as it becomes commercial.Tom Wolfe once said that memoirs don t work for him because the author is inclined to put in everything but his greatest moments of humiliation Questlove seems game to include some of these moments throughout his anecdote about meeting Prince rivals the legendary Chappelle s Show Charlie Murphy skit , but richer details that would be fascinating to readers are left out, maybe for the purpose of keeping focus This happens a little bit through the latter half of the book as well, something mentioned in one of the many correspondences between co writer Ben Greenman and the book s editor which attempt to smooth over a couple of trouble spots.The book s shortcomings, however, are few and hardly register in the grand scheme of things Mo Meta Blues is a difficult book to put down if you have any interest in music beyond the hot single of the week It s part memoir, part oral history, part love letter, all enthusiasm And if you ll excuse me, I m off to revisit the entire Roots catalog.

  8. says:

    I don t usually read non fiction and I honestly can t think of the last memoir I read In light of that, Mo Meta was my natural choice to deviate from the norm, because I love The Roots I ve been a fan for a while now, and I admire Quest and the entire band as musicians Plus, I m from Philadelphia There s something about being where an artist is from that makes you almost feel connected to them To add to that, I grew up specifically in South Philly, so there was also that.Anyone who follows Quest knows that he s a music head This book lays out the extent of how much so, and it s really impressive As I was reading, I had to stop several times to check out some of the songs he was referencing because the way he talks about them really makes you want to stop and listen It would have been cool if this book had music clips I know with copyright that would be nearly impossible and also time consuming, but one can dream Just to explain In his memoirs, Quest tags certain songs to certain points in his life and even does extensive lists in between chapters that catalog each set of events I found that fascinating and I was envious that he has this ability I remember plenty of songs from when I was growing up, but not nearly as well, and when I do, the memories attached to them aren t as salient.In the midst of this he talks about his parents, who challenge what he listens to He also talks about the inception of the Roots, which I had a little familiarity with because I ve heard him speak about it few times With the latter, it was interesting to hear him describe how all of the pieces came into place, and highs and lows of attaining a record deal and becoming The Roots There s also moments where he describes the culture of music, specifically hip hop, over decades That was always pretty honest and thought provoking He talks about meeting Dilla, meeting D Angelo, meeting Prince There s a good Prince story in there and a wacky one with Tracy Morgan my wha moment Overall, you get a lot about the history of the Roots, Quest s great appreciation for the musicians before him as well as his contemporaries, and a lot of his reflections on life, including his mishaps It made for a good mix of entertainment, information and even introspection.The thing that might take away for some readers is the structure of the memoir Again, I m not a reader of memoirs so I have nothing really to compare it to, but I d imagine most memoirs don t include emails from Editor to Co Writer I m sure that most also don t include footnotes from managers or close friends While some could, I don t think song lists are prominent features either.Personally, I didn t have a problem with these things so much There was one footnote that was entirely too long for me early in the book that I felt disrupted the good flow I d gotten into However that was the only of it s kind and I generally found the footnotes informative and sometimes funny I m indifferent really to the emails, but I loved the song lists for reasons I stated above.All of this to say, I can t give this anything but 5 Stars I finished hoping Quest does this again in the future, because I know he has and will have to tell.

  9. says:

    I absolutely loved this book I enjoyed the musical journey that Questlove shares with the reader as he talks about the early years of his life He provides awesome playlist that just make you want to dance This book would be great as an enhance media document where you could listen and download music as you read I would also like to see some the album covers that he describes so beautifully.Questlove shares a lot of personal stories in the memoir He talks about attending the prom with a beautiful girl who will go on to record several hits and hanging out with another Philly group that hits it big before his band He gives the scope on changing labels, issues with band members, and difficult situations he encountered with Michele Bachmann and Tina Fey.I highly recommend this book even if you are not a Roots fan I even found myself reading the endnotes which I usually don t do.Full Review at www.ourliteracylives.com

  10. says:

    Memoirs, especially those by musicians, are rarely part of my reading diet Add this to my admittedly shameful ignorance of most of hip hop s history, and I had no idea what to expect with this book.What I got is an almost absurdly intelligent man s meditations on music, art, culture, race, and beyond, told in a voice that was often humorous, often mournful, and always personal.Did I get the references to most of the records and artists that Questlove sees as fundamental to who he is as a musician and person No, but I did get one of my favorite feelings in life That I m in over my head, and there is almost certainly too much to learn, but I m glad to be here and trying.

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