Ahmir Questlove is a drummer for The Roots, DJ, music journalist and record producer.
It’s awesome how much you can see that Questlove REALLY loves music. Just everything about it. The best part about all this is the hungriness in which he reads music reviews, including anywhere from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to whoever. It’s great to me, cause Im thinking, “oh wait me too!”
Reading his book, there’s a lot of things we can learn.
Muses make the music world go round. Without them, there would be no songs to play or listen to. This book tells the story behind 50 classics and the women that inspired them.
It definitely has stories on the more known muses like Pattie Boyd, Judy Collins and Linda McCartney. But also more obscure, surprising backstories like Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” and The Beatles singing about Meter Maid Meta.
And it’s a very short-read. It took me only one day to finish it.
My 3 favorite stories involve, “Maybe Im Amazed” by Paul McCartney, “Diana” by Paul Anka and “Sara” by Fleetwood Mac.
James Brown is the hardest working man ever in show business.
When it comes down to it, music is judged and enjoyed on how well you write songs and play live. That’s really it. Reading from this book, you can feel how much James Brown LOVED playing live. He needed it. He lived for it. Nothing was gonna stop him. Getting inspiration from how hard his dad worked, James Brown gave it all his every single time.