Music Is History (Hardcover)
A New York Times bestseller, Music Is History combines multi-Grammy Award winner Questlove’s deep musical expertise with his curiosity about history, examining America over the past fifty years.
Focusing on the years 1971 to the present, Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American tapestry, whether investigating how the blaxploitation era reshaped Black identity or considering the way disco took an assembly line approach to Black genius. And these critical inquiries are complemented by his own memories as a music fan, and the way his appetite for pop culture taught him about America.
A history of the last half-century and an intimate conversation with one of music’s most influential and original voices, Music Is History is a singular look at contemporary America.
“An entertaining, informative and far-reaching work, meticulously excavating American culture and history with the eye of a seasoned cratedigger.” —The Washington Post
About the Author
Questlove is an American drummer, DJ, producer, designer, culinary entrepreneur, music educator, and bestselling author of Music Is History (Abrams, 2021), Mixtape Potluck Cookbook (Abrams, 2019), Creative Quest (Ecco Press, 2018), and Mo’ Meta Blues (Grand Central, 2013), among other titles. He is also the cofounder of the Roots and the bandleader for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He lives in New York.
“Music Is History is an entertaining, informative and far-reaching work, meticulously excavating American culture and history with the eye of a seasoned cratedigger.”
— The Washington Post
“This inspired volume continues Questlove’s thoughtful and thought-provoking work and is an enduring analysis of the effects of music on personal, political, and cultural histories.”
— Library Journal STARRED Review
“Questlove’s in-depth, witty, creative, personal, and authoritative musical history will keep people reading, listening, questioning, and musing for many years to come."
“A palimpsestic, personal, and resonant journey with a living musical encyclopedia.”
“This stimulating work is sure to attract deep thinkers and music theorists everywhere.”
— Publishers Weekly