Questlove will be publishing a unique new guide to creativity next year in his brand new book, Creative Quest. Full of inspirations, stories, and lessons on how to live your best creative life, the new book arrives as the follow up to last years Something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs. Questlove’s previous books also include Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train.
Questlove, the multi-talented musician, drummer, DJ, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural polymath, imparts wisdom in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life. A New York Times bestselling and James Beard Award–nominated author, Questlove is widely known as the cofounder of the Roots, the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the Roots serve as the house band, and a four-time Grammy Award–winning musician. He is also an adjunct professor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he’s heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics, what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture – all in the service of guiding admirers who have followed his career and newcomers not yet acquainted with his story.
Revealed exclusively to Buzzfeed, Questlove explains the thinking behind the Reed Barrow designed cover; “When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Rube Goldberg machines. I would see them in museums and get lost in them for hours, watching the ball drop into a tube, fall on a little see-saw, trip a wire. It was a whole world in there. When it came time to do the cover for this book, what sprung to mind was making a machine about how things spring to mind, and a Rube Goldberg machine was the perfect match. What else is creativity? It’s a brain passing through a million small steps to be able to take one big step. We built this machine as an illustration of my creativity and my creative process. It’s the Questlove Idea Device. Does it actually work? That’s for the reader to decide.”
Whether discussing his own life or channeling the lessons he’s learned from forefathers such as George Clinton, collaborators like D’Angelo, or like-minded artists including Ava DuVernay, David Byrne, Björk, and others, Questlove speaks with the candor and enthusiasm that fans have come to expect.
Creative Quest will be many things and above all, a wise and wide-ranging conversation around the eternal mystery of creativity.