The Roots legend Questlove will explore the roots of hip-hop in his brand new book, which is set for release on October 12.
Being an author of such books as Something To Food About, Mixtape Potluck and Creative Quest, Questlove comes back with yet another piece of work entitled Music Is History, which the drummer and musician recently announced on Instagram.
It is known that the book will expose Questlove’s encyclopedic knowledge of music and its history. His passion led him to examining American music industry over the past 50 years. The concept of the book goes like this:
Questlove takes one track from every year and analyzes its significance from the perspective of American music in regards to race, gender, politics and identity. Starting from 1971, which marks half a century of history and coincides with his own birth year.
In addition, the forthcoming book will include “playlists organized around personal, playful themes that touch on everything from the relationship of hip-hop to music’s past to the secret ingredient in all funk songs”, according to Abraham Image who will be responsible for publishing the book.
Questlove, whose real name is Ahmir Khalib Thompson, is one of the most beloved figures of hip-hop, member of the Grammy Award-winning band the Roots, who serve as the house band of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Questlove’s name is also behind production of albums by Amy Winehouse, Elvis Costello and many others.