Questlove, the Afro-topped, Grammy-award winning drummer for The Roots, has announced the upcoming release of his memoir, co-written by Ben Greenman. "Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove," to be published by Grand Central Publishing in June, is a peripatetic riff on Questlove's music career, his storied life growing up in West Philly, and a sweeping range of his many pop-culture fancies. The virtuoso musician, whose full name is Ahmir Khalib Thompson, is also an NYU teacher, a DJ and record producer, and a regular member of Jimmy Fallon's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in-house band. To his lengthening resume, Mr. Thompson can now tack on "Author."
This will be Questlove's first book, but almost certainly not his last. His marketing wits, easy-going demeanor, and James Franco-like ability to suddenly appear where you least expect him (see: his own brand of Nike shoes and his own "Drumstick" food truck concept) have earned him both clout and respect in the music community. Standing fresh and tall at forty-one, his career is far from fading.
On the surface, this book is for fans of Questlove and all things hip-hop, music criticism and pop-culture. It looks, however, like it's reaching for something more. Questlove's life mantra is an ode to the alternative. Mainstream culture leaves too many rules in tact. So you can expect him to fully embrace the "Meta" in his memoir's name, as he seeks to broaden the very definition of what a memoir is. According to the book description: "But Mo' Meta Blues isn't just a memoir. It's a dialogue about the nature of memoir. It's a book that questions what a book like Mo' Meta Blues really is. It's a one-of-a-kind publication by a one-of-a-kind mind. It's a record that keeps going around and around." Music, pop-culture and a healthy chorus of philosophical whimsy? Count us in.
Questlove's never ending quest for cultural domination -- from speakers to sneakers -- leaves everyone wondering what he'll do next. Perhaps he's heard the papacy has an opening?