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A unique new guide to creativity from Questlove—inspirations, stories, and lessons on how to live your best creative life
Questlove—musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore—shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life.
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.
Questlove, music director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and author of Mo' Meta Blues, recounts his own musical journey in these spirited reflections on the elements of creativity. Questlove defines creativity as the "personality that makes it possible" to produce art; he discusses the creative process, the value of mentors, and the usefulness of collaboration. Questlove suggests that the best way to engage in the creative process is what he calls "micromeditation," or taking a few seconds to pause and let one's mind settle. When one has trouble thinking of new ideas, he recommends going back to an older idea and reworking it, similar to how George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic incorporated the doo-wop sound of his early works into his albums of the 1970s. Questlove champions collaboration, reflecting on his own work with his Roots partner Tariq Trotter, and advises readers to be curious and open to ideas. Since creativity often grows when encountering the work of others, Questlove encourages artists to work with those who have different approaches, as he did with rapper and producer J Dilla and Talking Heads founder David Byrne, among others. Questlove's generous, provocative guidebook offers experienced wisdom about tapping into the creative process.