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Creative Quest

Cover: 'Creative Quest'

Staff Review: "Creative Quest" by Questlove and Ben Greenman


Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is a busy guy: drummer for the rap group The Roots, which is also the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; DJ; restaurateur; and author of two previous books, Mo' Meta Blues and somethingtofoodabout.

His newest book, as the title suggests, is all about creativity: what defines it, how to tap into your creative side, approaching the creative process from different angles, and ways for either shutting out the noise of the modern world (like social media) or minimizing its influence to better focus on the inner voice. But Questlove also talks about embracing success or failure once someone has created something - whether it's music, a painting, a book or food - and finding your own vision for the art you want to share with the world. He does this not only through sharing his own experiences as a drummer, DJ and former restaurant owner, but also through insights into the creative process by other musicians, scholars and chefs.

I'm not much into self-help books, so I don't know how this would compare to other books that fall into that category. However, I admire Questlove and his seemingly endless creative output, and this book is full of unique stories - some of them very entertaining - and tips and techniques for anyone who feels a desire to create a piece of art and send it out into the world. For what it's worth, I liked it so much I had to buy my own copy!

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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