It’s not often that a self-written memoir reads as a conversation between writer and reader, but that is exactly what Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s newst book Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove. The memoir is a witty and musical journey into the growth of Questlove and his interest in music.
Mo Meta Blues breaks the mold for memoirs by consisting of 3 key components. The book is one part memoir, one part Roots history, and one part a music nerd’s confessions. In between telling the story of how The Roots and Questlove came to be is a brief and personal account of decades worth of music history from someone who was there to witness the rise of legends like Prince and Public Enemy. Questlove is quick to state in the first few chapters the he often skips to about the third chapter of a memoir to avoid all the childhood story of the writer. As if writing the book for himself, he does just what he prefers and skips the introductory bits. A young Ahmir doesn’t make his first appearance until chapter 3. This is epitomizes why Questlove is a success. He’s hyperaware of the world around him and how he’s perceived. In a passage of the book, he describes his process for writing a new album for The Roots. He always tries to rate the quality of the album based on what he thinks a critic would say. He’s delightfully self-deprecating and intelligent and every ounce of that comes out in his writing.
Mo Meta Blues is an excellent read. Questlove is a storyteller through and through and in between his fascinating tale of his rise to Fallon is a unique look into the world of music from an aptly self-proclaimed music nerd. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the drummer or The Roots, Mo Meta Blues is written in such a witty and comforting way you’ll feel that you’ve known them your entire life.Google+