New Release Books by Questlove with Ben Greenman

Questlove with Ben Greenman is the author of Music Is History (2021), Mixtape Potluck Cookbook (2019), something to food about (2016), Somethingtofoodabout (2016) and other 4 books.

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Music Is History

release date: Oct 19, 2021
Music Is History
Music Is History combines 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 tapes- try, 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.

Mixtape Potluck Cookbook

release date: Oct 15, 2019
Mixtape Potluck Cookbook
What if Questlove threw a dinner party and everyone came? Named one of fall's best cookbooks by Los Angeles Times, GrubStreet, and Eater “Even with its many flashy co-authors, Mixtape Potluck never wavers from its earnest stated intent: to help readers plan the best possible dinner party. With friends like his, Quest is one to trust.” - EATER Questlove is best known for his achievements in the music world, but his interest in food runs a close second. He has hosted a series of renowned Food Salons and conversations with some of America’s most prominent chefs. Now he is turning his hand to creating a cookbook. In Mixtape Potluck Cookbook, Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party, inviting more than fifty chefs, entertainers, and musicians—such as Eric Ripert, Natalie Portman, and Q-Tip—and asking them to bring along their favorite recipes. He also pairs each cook with a song that he feels best captures their unique creative energy. The result is not only an accessible, entertaining cookbook, but also a collection of Questlove’s diverting musical commentaries as well as an illustration of the fascinating creative relationship between music and food. With Questlove’s unique style of hosting dinner parties and his love of music, food, and entertaining, this book will give readers unexpected insights into the relationship between culture and food. Note: The cover material for this book is meant to mimic the texture and tactile quality of tinfoil and is intentional.

something to food about

release date: Apr 12, 2016
something to food about
In somethingtofoodabout, drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author, Questlove, applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, Questlove explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them. Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought. Featuring conversations with: Nathan Myhrvold, Modernist Cuisine Lab, Seattle; Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, and NoMad, NYC; Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia; Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, L.A.; Dave Beran, Next, Chicago; Donald Link, Cochon, New Orleans; Dominque Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco; Daniel Patterson, Coi and Loco'l, San Francisco; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due, Austin; and Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland

Somethingtofoodabout

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Somethingtofoodabout
""The frontman of hip-hop stars The Roots and bandleader for Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show draws on conversations with 10 cutting-edge chefs, including Ludo Lefebvre, Dominique Crenn and Nathan Myhrvold, to offer inspirational insights into their creative culinary processes,"--NoveList.

Soul Train

release date: Dec 03, 2013
Soul Train
From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Aretha Franklin. Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program, and his text is paired with more than 350 photographs of the show's most memorable episodes and the larger-than-life characters who defined it: the great host Don Cornelius, the extraordinary musicians, and the people who lived the phenomenon from dance floor. Gladys Knight contributed a foreword to this incredible volume. Nick Cannon contributed the preface.

Mo' Meta Blues

release date: Jun 18, 2013
Mo' Meta Blues
"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 MO' META BLUES The World According to Questlove Mo' Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone's Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is many things: virtuoso drummer, producer, arranger, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless Tweeter. He is one of our most ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and in this, his first book, he reveals his own formative experiences--from growing up in 1970s West Philly as the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer, to finding his own way through the music world and ultimately co-founding and rising up with the Roots, a.k.a., the last hip hop band on Earth. Mo' Meta Blues also has some (many) random (or not) musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements, as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols, and fellow artists, from Stevie Wonder to KISS to D'Angelo to Jay-Z to Dave Chappelle to...you ever seen Prince roller-skate?!? But Mo' Meta Blues isn't just a memoir. It's a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a post-modern black man saddled with some post-modern blues. It's a book that questions what a book like Mo' Meta Blues really is. It's the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind. It's a rare gift that gives as well as takes. It's a record that keeps going around and around.

The Creative Power of Self Reliance

release date: May 23, 2018
The Creative Power of Self Reliance
QUESTLOVE--musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore--shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life. Many of us have encountered many hardships in our lives. Even though we are confident and we think we are easily able to fulfil our dreams. However the truth is different and our self-confidence is sometimes just insufficient to deal with some personal or professional situations and circumstances. And have you ever felt that you cannot even find a job because you are not self-reliant? Are you afraid of failure too? If yes, then this book has been written for you and congratulations for downloading it because you have just found the key to resolve all your problems. Not only this book will teach you how to become self-reliant, but it will also help you be creative and successful just like QUESTLOVE, the popular Hip Hop icon. In addition to the help this book will offer you to learn how to be creative, it will also teach you how to overcome certain hardships and get over painful experiences you suffered in the past. Hence the title "The creative power of Self reliance, live your best life and forget the deception of the past". this she has a great tendency to run away at any opportunity? In the realm of self-reliance and creativity, this book will lead you to the shore of success and leadership; you don't know, maybe you will become a popular entrepreneur, actor, singer, an Athlete, musician or anything you dream of. So set your goals and objectives and follow the tips that this book offers you and you will realize that being Self-reliance has never been easier. The Creative Power of Self Reliance will be your next best inspiration for becoming the creative person (like QUESTLOVE QUEST) you dream to be; it will help boost your confidence and your self-esteem. Whatever the area of activity you choose to develop your creativity, you should realize that you can do it, you can be more self reliant than you can imagine and who knows; you may start your project soon. Just stay positive and you will find out that I was right in predicting your success. You can do it; all you need to do is to believe in yourself.

Creative Quest

release date: May 03, 2018
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