Hip-Hop Is History

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About the Author

Questlove is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, drummer, DJ, producer, director, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, cofounder of the Roots, and the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the Roots serves as the house band. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Mo' Meta Blues, Creative Quest, Music Is History, and his first children's book series, The Rhythm of Time, as well as the James Beard Award-nominated somethingtofoodabout, Mixtape Potluck, and the Grammy-nominated audiobooks Creative Quest and Music Is History. Questlove made his directorial debut with the Academy Award-, Grammy Award-, and BAFTA Award-winning documentary film Summer of Soul, which broke the record for the highest-selling documentary to come out of the Sundance Film Festival. Questlove is a cofounder of Two One Five Entertainment. He is the publisher of AUWA Books, an imprint of MCD / Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Ben Greenman is a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and nonfiction. His novels and short-story collections include The Slippage and Superbad. He has been Questlove's collaborator on a series of books, including Mo' Meta Blues, Creative Quest, and Music Is History, and he has written memoirs with Sly Stone, George Clinton, and Brian Wilson. His writing has appeared in numerous publications.

"A wonderful ride, colored by personal digressions and crisp observations."
--Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian

"[Questlove] is an affable and expert tour guide through the annals of hip-hop, as adept at spinning yarns as he is at spinning records."
--G'Ra Asim, The Washington Post

"A trip worth taking. Questlove's embedded narration of the infamous 1995 Source Awards . . . shows the author at his storytelling best."
--AD Carson, Los Angeles Times

"[Questlove is] a major artist and a major fan. With co-author Ben Greenman, [he] covers 50 years of hip-hop with insight, passion and the geeky love of a true believer. Not to be missed."
--Michael Giltz, Parade

"Like a window looking deep into the workings of a pretty special hip-hop mind . . . Entertaining and authoritative . . . [Questlove] uses his knowledge and experience to his advantage in every way, bringing unique and fresh perspectives. His well-honed instincts are spot-on . . . Immensely entertaining."
--Pop Matters

"A memorable, masterful history of the first 50 years of an indelible American art form. . . Questlove's instincts as a superfan and artist take this history beyond the hype to something very special."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Questlove closely examines the social, political, and artistic factors contributing to hip-hop's growth, many facets and styles, stars, controversies, innovations, and far-ranging influence. This is a must-read . . . Questlove's illuminating and insightful survey is as personal as it is expert."
--Booklist (starred review)

"A kaleidoscopic chronicle of hip-hop's 50-year history. . . Throughout, Questlove interweaves sharp and lyrical analyses of hip-hop's evolution with fascinating, up-close recollections of the genre's turning points. . . an exuberant account of a dynamic musical genre and the cultural climate in which it evolved."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)