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Questlove's New Book 'Creative Quest' Is Out For The Imaginative

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Source: Ecco

Questlove's new book, Creative Quest, is out and available on all platforms.

Titled Creative Quest, the book will be a "guide to living your best life." A synopsis of the book is as follows courtesy of the book's publishing company, Ecco:

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.

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 is many things — above all, a wise and wide-ranging con­versation around the eternal mystery of creativity.

The Roots co-founder also spoke about the inspiration behind the book's cover art, saying:

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.

You can order the book on all platforms, which dropped on April 24, 2018. Two years ago came the release of Questlove's third book Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, which found the artist speaking with the most creative figures in contemporary food culture.

And in related books-by-musicians news, Questlove was a guest on BuzzFeed News's morning show AM to DM, where he shared his thoughts on Kanye West's return to Twitter, fueled by a political and philosophical tweetstorm. "Him embracing a president that embraces white supremacy... I don't know," Quest said on the program. "I just can't ... Twitter is losing their mind. For the first time yesterday, I thought I was done [with Twitter.] I went to sleep before midnight. I don't like what I'm seeing."