In Music Is History, bestselling author and Sundance award-winning director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson harnesses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and his deep curiosity about history to examine America over the past fifty years. He observes, “I think of the America we live in as a series of songs.”
Music Is History focuses on the years 1971 to the present, not only the country’s most complex and rewarding half-century when it comes to the ways that pop culture and culturally diverse history intersect and interact, but also the years that overlap with Questlove’s own life. Music Is History moves fluidly from the personal to the political, examining events closely and critically, to unpeel and uncover previously unseen dimensions, and encouraging readers to do the same. Whether he is exploring how Black identity reshaped itself during the blaxploitation era, analyzing the assembly-line nature of disco and its hostility to Black genius, or remembering his own youth as a pop fan and what it taught him about America, Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American tapestry.
Questlove will be in conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib, a New York Times bestselling poet, essayist, and cultural critic. He was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, and he is also the host of the Sonos podcast "Object of Sound."
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