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Publisher's Summary

This unique, boundary pushing audiobook features original music by Questlove and members of The Roots with vocal guest appearances from Fred Armisen, Tariq Trotter, Dion Flynn, Robin Thede, “Suga” Steve Mandel, Norm MacDonald, Ludo Lefebvre, and Molly Kelley.

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 listeners 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. 

©2018 Questlove (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Outstanding and Illuminating

OK I admit, I am a huge fanboy of Questlove and the Roots, and always have been, so I may be a little biased but I thought this audiobook was outstanding in every way. Hearing anecdotes and allegories relating to the creative live and endeavours of one of the most important people in music today is a lesson that will resonate deeply with anyone pursuing creative endeavours or seeking inspiration. This book covers the mechanics of creativity, examines them in detail but in illuminating ways that shows how they can be applied to your own life and projects. I gained a lot of new insights into the creative process and am already listening to it again. As a fan of the brilliant Questlove Supreme podcast on Pandora, I can assure you that the quality and detail is replicated in this production. Questlove's writing ability has certainly taken major steps since his memoir and I sincerely hope this is just the beginning. He is such an incredible resource for musical knowledge and pop culture and this is reflected throughout this work, I cannot recommend it enough, thank you Amir for this gem!

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  • KH
  • 02-05-2018

Impressed!

this is the first review i am writing, although ive listened to hundreds of audiobooks, by artists, about art, life, experiences and such.

first, i am not a fan of Questlove, or the Roots, so i am not familiar with their work, and am not biased in my review. i am a New York City career artist (art-jewelry and sculpture), one of the few around these days, so i know how hard it is to be a pro artist, and continue to thrive and love the work you do. Questlove's insight-fullness, and awareness to his and others' work, and work habits/rituals/lifestyle, and most importantly MINDSET, really resonate with my own experiences in the creative arts. good, solid advice, that any creative, or non-creative person could learn from. i highly recommend the read, for anyone who has art, or an artist in their life.

i was supposed to be introduced to Questlove some years back from a friend in the music industry, because in his words, "Questlove is prolific in his vision and creativity, so you guys would collaborate well". now, after this book, i completely understandwhy my friend said what he did, and regret not being able to meet him based on my timing at that point in time.

as im sure Questlove would agree, we will meet when the time is right, and the most important thing is to continue creating, sharing, and doing what you do, and enjoying it! from there, the people who matter and appreciate the work and the vision will find you somehow. the universe has a way of making things like that happen!

bravo, to Questlove, for opening up and sharing such personal and profound words of wisdom, regarding art and creativity with the world!

now i will go and listen to some of the music, as i did not want that to influence my thoughts on the book.

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  • Richard
  • 26-04-2018

Questlove once again is my fairy godmother

No matter what kind of creator you are, or even if you think you aren’t one at all, this audiobook will be an absolute joy from start to finish. Questlove is engaging and beautiful spoken, and really puts words to so many concepts you’ve probably attempted to understand but have never written down in any way. It’s beautiful, concise, researched, and cause for real thought and pause. It’s not a shitty self help book, it’s like a massively life changing conversation with a really damn smart friend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2018

Creativity"taught" in a creative way

I will definitely be listening to this multiple times. It's a journey with a mentor, a fun cool mentor, who drops truth along with classical references and a soundtrack! I have read/listened to a lot of books on creativity. This is unique. Don't miss it. Thank you Questlove wish I was on the east coast and could also take a class in person.

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  • sm1174
  • 09-05-2018

A Creative Experience

I have read other creativity books but nothing quite like this. At least not in this perspective. Quest delivers real life experiences, challenges & scenarios which he encountered in his personal life and his career as a musician. Quest using these stories to help you develop a tool to think outside the box when we tend to stay within the lines of our own better judgments when it comes to creativity. The bonus of this book is that its flooded with stories of some of your favorite musicians, producers, actors, etc. Overall a great read and absolutely a must read if you're looking for another point of view on how creativity works. Great Job Quest!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2018

Best book I've listened to all year!

Life changing. 5 stars! Do yourself a favor and get this one. You'll be inspired.

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  • dean james
  • 08-05-2018

Awesome

Great listen ,an Informative ,entertaining guide through the artistic journey.. Highly recommend it for any artist .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2018

insightful and entertaining

I loved Quest's narration and bringing some guest narrators into the mix. It was an insightful and thought provoking look not only into Quest Love's creative process,but others who inspired him as well. A little slow in some areas, I did struggle to remain focused and it took me a while to complete. Overall, interesting story and look into Quest's creative genius.

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  • Ian S.
  • 17-05-2018

An honest deep dive into humanity and creativity.

I've frequently been reading business and marketing books, as I hear up for another entrepreneurial endeavor, when this book caught my eye. I have been a huge fan of The Roots since a friend first put on The Tipping Point at a party, and I've caught their live performances, and Questloves DJ sets many times.

This is the first time I've ever listened to Quest speak his mind and take on the role of an educator, and he is exactly as fascinating as I had always assumed, and also more willing to expose humility and humanity, not afraid to show failures, and work through them.

A fascinating listen, looking forward to hearing it again before long.

Thanks Questlove.

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  • mthomas544
  • 16-05-2018

my favorite subject, by my favorite creator

I hope I can use these hammers well. I'm not a very handy person. I look forward to his next book.

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  • TBOheir
  • 02-05-2018

Loved that it was read by Questlove himself!

I love it when authors read their own writings as you can get the inflections of their voice in the manner in which it was originally meant. Also, I really enjoyed a book about creativity being creative in its own right. The efx and songs incorporated throughout a great!