Sly Stone Readies New Memoir with Foreword by Questlove

"I had to be in a new frame of mind to become Sylvester Stewart again to tell the true story of Sly Stone," the funk legend says

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 22, 2023

Foundational funk frontman Sly Stone has announced a new memoir. The leader of Sly and the Family Stone will share Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) on September 28 via White Rabbit.

Written with novelist and journalist Ben Greenman and "created in collaboration with manager Arlene Hirschkowitz," Thank You will also feature a foreword by Questlove.

Of course, Sly and the Family Stone were prominently featured in the Roots drummer's acclaimed directorial debut, Summer of Soul.

Greenman has previously collaborated with Questlove on his own titles including Mo' Meta Blues and Creative Quest, and has also collaboratively authored memoirs with Brian Wilson, George Clinton and Gene Simmons.

Sly Stone says, "For as long as I can remember folks have been asking me to tell my story, I wasn't ready. I had to be in a new frame of mind to become Sylvester Stewart again to tell the true story of Sly Stone. It's been a wild ride and hopefully my fans enjoy it too."

News of Stone's memoir and Questlove's involvement follows a 2021 report that the Roots drummer was directing a forthcoming documentary about the artist. In January, it was reported that the film would receive a streaming release in the US via Hulu.

An official synopsis for the documentary [via Indiewire] reads as follows:

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson directs his sophomore feature documentary follow-up to Summer of Soul, examining the life and legacy of Sly and the Family Stone, the groundbreaking band led by the charismatic and enigmatic Sly Stone. This film tells the story behind the rise, reign and fadeout of one of pop music's most influential artists and, in doing so, tells a very human story about the cost of genius.

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) is now available for pre-order.

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