Music Is History
A medley blending Questlove’s musical expertise with his curiosity about history, examining America over the past 50 years with deep insight and reverence for the power of music.
Focusing on the years 1971 to the present, drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and member of The Roots Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American tapes- try, whether investigating how the blaxploitation era reshaped Black identity or considering the way disco took an assembly-line approach to Black genius. These critical inquiries are complemented by his own memories as a music fan, and the way his appetite for pop culture taught him about America.
A history of the last half-century and an intimate conversation with one of music’s most influential and original voices, Music Is History is a singular look at contemporary America.
Read if you: want to scream when people credit songs to the wrong original artists (SKINNY LOVE IS NOT BY BIRDY)