Ahmir Thompson, better known as Questlove (or ?uestlove) from The Roots, documents his musical-filled journey as a child to where he is today. From his roots as a young boy, touring with his family since his father is Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts. At a young age, he had the inclination to drum, and his whole childhood was defined by his love for all kinds of music. Ahmir candidly discusses all the iterations of the band, before they were known as The Roots and all the trials and tribulations along the way up until now, when they’re the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t too familiar with The Roots’ music. I had heard a few of their songs and knew of them prior to their gig on Late Night, but it was seeing Questlove on The Daily Show promoting Mo’ Meta Blues that I knew I had to check it out. He talked about how his manager, Richard, interjected his memoir with footnotes correcting his anecdotes. I was sold. The downside about this is that I purchased the eBook version, and the footnotes aspect was certainly lost on it. Perhaps if I read it on a newer touch version of the Kobo, or on a tablet but my older 2nd generation Kobo, with the keypad buttons, did not do it justice. I was unable to access/see the footnotes until the very end, and at that point it was completely lost in context.
I did love all the stories and honest, candid, moments in the book. Ahmir was very open in talking about tensions between people, experiences and interactions with other artists and his own mess-ups that could have cost him his job. Like many bios and memoirs, it’s always fun to see the “cameo” appearances of other people we know. Ahmir has a great way of telling a story, not revealing who he’s talking about until the end where he’ll say, “and that’s how I met…”
Overall, a great insight into their world of Philly, hip-hop and neo-soul music. I only wish I hadn’t missed out on the footnotes with the format I read it in, but ebooks are perfectly formatted for other tablets or eReaders that are touch-screen enhanced.