Questlove to Publish New Book on Hip-Hop: ‘Couldn’t Be More Excited’ (Exclusive)

The Grammy-winning musician will release the book through his book imprint, AUWA Books

<p>Michael Schwartz; Cover artwork and design by Reed Barrow</p>

Michael Schwartz; Cover artwork and design by Reed Barrow

Questlove is back with another book.

The Roots drummer revealed, exclusively with PEOPLE, that he will be publishing a new book on music. Hip-Hop Is History, out June 11, is forthcoming from the author’s book imprint AUWA Books.

“I’ve been with hip-hop since the start, and it has been with me just as long,” Questlove says. “It has been my friend and my companion, my coach and my counselor, a source of information and inspiration.”

<p>Cover artwork and design by Reed Barrow</p> 'Hip-Hop Is History' by Questlove

Cover artwork and design by Reed Barrow

'Hip-Hop Is History' by Questlove

Hip-Hop is History, written with frequent collaborator Ben Greenman, delves into Questlove’s long history with the genre, according to a statement shared with PEOPLE. Questlove, who grew up in a musical family in Philadelphia, listened to hip-hop extensively as a kid, and even began to make his own music early on. Those early efforts paid off long-term; he has since won six Grammy awards.

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In the book, Questlove will explore the cultural and creative origins of the genre and highlight both influential hits and those that have largely been forgotten. He will also include previously-unknown stories, offering his perspective as both “an obsessive fan” and a musician within the genre himself.

Questlove is no stranger to the publishing industry. The musician, also a New York Times best-selling author, has already written several books, including Creative Quest and Music Is History, written with Greenman, as well as the middle grade novel, The Rhythm of Time, written with S.A. Cosby.

<p>Michael Schwartz</p> Questlove

Michael Schwartz


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In 2023, Questlove launched AUWA Books, his book imprint within Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The imprint publishes new and inspiring stories to connect readers and build community, per its website. AUWA Books has seen the publication of memoirs like Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly Stone, and will publish memoirs like LOUD: Accept Nothing Less Than the Life You Deserve by content creator Drew Afualo.

"Hip-Hop Is History is my tour through the first 50 years of the genre," Questlove says, of his forthcoming book. "And I couldn’t be more excited for all of you to read it.”

Hip-Hop Is History will be released on June 11, 2024 and is available for pre-order now.

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