Music Is History Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Best-selling author and Sundance award-winning director Questlove offers a thrilling, music-driven ride through the last 50 years of American history
In Music Is History, best-selling author and Sundance award-winning director Questlove harnesses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and his deep curiosity about history to examine America over the past 50 years. Choosing one essential track from each year, Questlove unpacks each song’s significance, revealing the pivotal role that American music plays around issues of race, gender, politics, and identity.
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 listeners 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.
Complete with playlists organized around personal, playful themes that touch on everything from the relationship of hip-hop to music’s past to the secret ingredient in all funk songs, Music Is History is filled with and informed by Questlove’s preferences, perspectives, and particularities. It feels like both a popular history of contemporary America and a conversation with one of music's most influential and unique voices.
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|Listening Length||11 hours|
|Author||Ahmir Khalib Thompson, Questlove|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 19, 2021|
|Publisher||Recorded Books, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,736 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Music History & Criticism (Audible Books & Originals)
#6 in Music Reference (Books)
#6 in Music Encyclopedias
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Which made me reflect on how our culture robs people of the fullness of human experience by saying "these experiences go with these types of people."
The antcedotes, the odd connections he points out, are hardly memorable to me. And yet, weeks later I'm reflecting on this book, asking myself why I didn't try something, going back to things I missed, seeking to pull more into myself because I'm interested and not because it's been set in front of me because some part of the culture decided this is what people who look like me enjoy.
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Highly recommend! Great gift for anyone - especially yourself.
Top reviews from other countries
If you are looking for a book about modern history as seen through the lens of listening to and making music then this is worth the purchase.