Publication Date: 28/10/2021 ISBN: 9781419751431 Category:

Music Is History

Questlove

Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 28/10/2021 ISBN: 9781419751431 Category:
Hardback

£21.99


This book is scheduled to be published on 28/10/2021.
You can order it now and we'll ship it once available.
Quantity:

Description

Questlove collects the 500 songs that have changed not just popular music, but also the world

Questlove’s Music Is History is an in-depth look into the 500 most influential songs in the history of music. Most famously known as a the drummer and joint frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, Questlove is also an astute musicologist and voracious historian.

In this book, Questlove dives into musical history from every decade of twentieth century, choosing one essential track from each year. The author thoughtfully and insightfully unpacks each song’s cultural significance by placing it in its historical context, discussing real world events that shaped both the song’s creation and its lasting impact. Analyses of iconic classics like “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder include tangents into the histories of science, politics, and pop culture. Questlove moves fluidly from the personal to the political, from Curtis Mayfield to the history of Black representation in cinema to musings on the Nixon presidency. Complete with comprehensive playlists organized around personal, playful themes like “Songs That Got Shafted” or “Songs With a Part I Really Like Even Though I Don’t Like the Whole Song,” this book is so full of Questlove’s essential recommendations that it feels like a conversation with the industry’s coolest music obsessive.

Music Is History is a masterclass in music by a contemporary icon-a new American musical canon from one of music’s most influential and unique voices.

Find this book on the following lists

Book experts at your service

What are you looking for?

A recommendation
Something specific
  • Mr B's Recommendation Station
  • Fill in the three questions below, along with your name and email address, and our book experts will be in touch soon with their personal recommendations

  • I'm after something specific
  • Tell us about the book, author or subject you're looking for, along with your name and email address and our book experts will be in touch as soon as possible