Questlove Goes ‘Meta’ In New Memoir

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Roots co-founder, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon band leader, and harbinger of all things cool, is drumming up a new memoir called Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove.

According to a press release, Mo’ Meta Blues will tell stories of the composer’s influences and “some pivotal moments in Black music and pop culture.”

The book will also delve into his early years and life as the son of doo-wop singer Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts. And because Questo has lots of thoughts on music and more, he will unload his “musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism… as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols and fellow artists.”

Last year, Questlove gave fans a look into his bag of musical influences with an essay about Soul Train host Don Cornelius, who had recently passed away do to self-inflicted gun wounds. In the Essay, titled “You Guys See This Bag?,” Questlove talks about the bag of Soul Train tapes he always carried with him.

“This bag has NEVER left my side for the past 14 years,” he wrote. “I deemed it imperative that I NEVER part with it. you can imagine the arguments I’ve gotten into with flight attendants over that bag. This bag is my blue blanket to my linus. I carry that bag everywhere cause the future is in this bag. And by the future I mean our past. And by our past I mean Soul Train.”

While Questlove is an indefatigable Twitter user, for Mo’ Meta Blues he called on New Yorker editor and novelist Ben Greenman to work with him on this, his first book. Mo’ Meta Blues will be available on June 18 through Grand Central Publishing.

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