Wondrous Words – Questlove’s Memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues

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“You have to bear in mind that [Questlove] is one of the smartest motherf*****s on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless.”
-Robert Christgau

I usually share videos on Music Mondays, but today, I am excited about a recent book from thinker, artist and veritable renaissance man, Questlove (drummer, producer, arranger, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, composer and DJ).

Several months ago he appeared on Democracy Now, and discussed everything from police brutality and systemic injustice to hip-hop legend Biggie Smalls.  I listened intently.

For years, I followed The Roots, but hearing music is a much different experience than beginning to know an artist and their life, the issues they wrestle with daily. So his memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues, is on my latest list of must-read books.

Photo source:  The Power House Arena
Photo source: The Power House Arena

Shannon and I are seekers of inspiration, always encouraged by folks who keep pushing, despite the odds. Who embodies this ethos more than hip-hop artists from humble beginnings?

Stories of struggles and success are fuel. They motivate us to keep reaching for our goals, bypassing obstacles with fearlessness and grace. We’re excited about Mo’ Meta Blues, and the lessons we’ll take away.

Have you read Mo’ Meta Blues? What did you think? Any other favorite memoir by a musician?

Emelda De Coteau
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