Finest-selling writer and Sundance award-winning director Questlove affords an exhilarating, music-driven trip by means of the final 50 years of American historyIn Music Is Historical past, best-selling writer and Sundance award-winning director Questlove harnesses his encyclopedic information of in style music and his deep curiosity about historical past to look at America over the previous 50 years. Selecting one important observe from every year, Questlove unpacks every tune’s significance, revealing the pivotal position that American music performs round problems with race, gender, politics, and id.Music Is Historical past focuses on the years 1971 to the current, not solely the nation’s most advanced and rewarding half-century on the subject of the ways in which popular culture and culturally various historical past intersect and work together, but in addition the years that overlap with Questlove’s personal life. Music Is Historical past strikes fluidly from the non-public to the political, inspecting occasions carefully and critically, to unpeel and uncover beforehand unseen dimensions, and inspiring listeners to do the identical. Whether or not he’s exploring how Black id reshaped itself throughout the blaxploitation period, analyzing the assembly-line nature of disco and its hostility to Black genius, or remembering his personal youth as a pop fan and what it taught him about America, Questlove finds the hidden connections within the American tapestry.Full with playlists organized round private, playful themes that contact on the whole lot from the connection of hip-hop to music’s previous to the key ingredient in all funk songs, Music Is Historical past is stuffed with and knowledgeable by Questlove’s preferences, views, and particularities. It appears like each a well-liked historical past of up to date America and a dialog with considered one of music’s most influential and distinctive voices.
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