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Questlove photographed by Michael Baca

Questlove

Four-time Grammy Award winning musician Questlove gained fame as part of Philadelphia hip hop group The Roots, who currently occupy a cushy residency as the in-house band for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. He is a DJ, producer (he co-produced the Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton,) and New York Times bestselling author with a third title, “Creative Quest,” his guide to living the best possible creative life, is out now.

Below are Questlove’s favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.

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1

Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 × 1

Duane Tudahl
A book I loved so much I begged to do the foreward when I received the manuscript.
$38.00
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2

Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America × 1

Sylviane A. Diouf
This book represents my chapter in American history—my great great great grandfather was on this ship. I'm his dream manifested.
$21.95
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3

The Hungry Ear × 1

Kevin Young
I like reading poetry, and I like eating and drinking. This book combines all of that with poetry about food and drink.
$20.00
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4

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us × 1

Hanif Abdurraqib
His ode to “Trap Queen” as the new “I Will Always Love You” first caught my attention. I was instantly hooked.
$16.99
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5

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life × 1

Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton
The chapter on Larry Levan alone transformed me into wanting to be your favorite DJ.
$18.00
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6

The Potlikker Papers × 1

John T. Edge
Although his 2004 book on chicken is the usual go to, it's his ode to soul food and race that grabbed me.
$17.00
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7

Rakim Told Me: Wax Facts Straight from the Original Artists × 1

Brian Coleman
My two favorite things in one setting: liner notes and hip hop classics!

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8

Silver Screen Fiend × 1

Patton Oswalt
Similar to my envy of Outkast's “Spottieottiedopaliscious,” this is the memoir I wish I could've written. This film is damn near my personal cinema bible.
$15.00
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9

Beneath the Underdog × 1

Charles Mingus
Lots of musicians have written memoirs. I did. This one, by the great jazz bassist and composer, is one of the funniest, smartest, and rawest.
$17.00
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10

Between the World and Me × 1

Ta-Nehisi Coates
A clear and powerful thinker writing about how we got to where we got, and where we're going next. The voice of the times I live in.
$25.00
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