Published Oct 09, 2013Roots figurehead Questlove released his memoir Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove just a few months ago, but the celebrated hip-hop drummer already has a new tome lined up. This time, he's examining the history of the long-running musical variety show Soul Train.
Entitled Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation, the hardcover book will come out on October 22 through HarperCollins's Harper Design imprint. R&B great Gladys Knight penned the forward, while rapper/TV personality Nick Cannon also contributed to the preface. (Cannon recently told theGrio that he is relaunching Soul Train on NBC.)
The book includes over 350 photographs to go along with Questlove's text. The folks at Soul Train apparently gave him exclusive access to their archives in order to properly chronicle the program's legacy. The show ran for 35 years from 1971 to 2006, airing more than 1,100 episodes.
HarperCollins describes the book like this: "In this incredible volume, Questlove takes you on a journey from the show's conception and first episode in 1971 to Don's final episode as host in 1993. You will learn how all-star performers such as Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, LL Cool J, Lenny Kravitz, the Beastie Boys, and Mariah Carey, to name a few, got their start, and get an up-close look at the show's most memorable dancers, and the moves and fashion they popularized."
The book is available to pre-order from various online sellers. Go here for more information.