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Thompson, better known as Questlove, is the drummer and cofounder of the Roots, familiar to millions through their music and, more recently, as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Questlove, who has over 2.6 million Twitter followers, busts out of the 140 character limitations with an autobiography that is insightful, provocative, and impossible to put down. It's fascinating to hear Questlove's story as well as his take on the music that has driven him and inspired countless listeners for the last 40 years. This is much more than the standard Behind the Music-style biography, and Questlove does his best to break down the barrier between writer and reader. Along the way he addresses the all-important question, "How do you take what you hear and translate it into something that can be heard?" Verdict Anyone interested in the mechanics of creation and collaboration will find much to savor here. Questlove's first book is not to be missed. You won't be able to put it down until you finish-and you'll want more when you do.-Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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First-time author "Questlove" Thompson is cofounder and drummer of the Roots, the popular hip-hop/neo-soul group that also serves as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In this enjoyable memoir, Thompson tells of his work as a DJ and producer with some of the biggest names in the music business, such as Jay-Z and Common, and Dave Chappelle (Thompson was the Chappelle's Show's music director). His always fascinating and sometimes hilarious recollections touch on everything from drumming at age five in his father's professional doo-wop and soul band to roller-skating as an adult with Eddie Murphy at a bizarre party hosted by Prince. Thompson's eclectic "meta" mix of writing styles-punctuated by interviews with Rich Nichols, the group's longtime comanager-appropriately captures the almost two-decade-long history of the Roots.(June 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.