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Music is history



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  • 782.42164 Q58 (CEN, OSH)

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Publication Information

New York : Abrams Image, [2021]

Physical Description

351 pages ; 24 cm


"Music Is History combines Questlove's deep musical expertise with his curiosity about history, examining America over the past fifty years. Focusing on the years 1971 to the present, 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. And 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."--Provided by publisher.


  • Stretched on history's wheel
  • Music is the message
  • Past is prologue, and protest
  • Cool like that
  • The POV lane
  • Having two parties
  • Future to the back
  • Disco tech
  • An idea runs wild
  • Teach the children
  • Inside outside leave me alone
  • History by the numbers
  • Why does everybody have a bomb?
  • File under
  • Long for yesterday
  • And you don't stop
  • Greatness expectations
  • Taste! How low can you go?
  • Seeds of change
  • Return of the impressed
  • Furious styles
  • Echo park
  • X marks the spot
  • In the sun I feel as one
  • Present, tense
  • You've got me feeling emotions
  • Moving like you're standing still
  • Fair and unfair use
  • Things fall apart
  • Things come together
  • The bad minus
  • Our twenty-first century.

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Ben Greenman

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