NEW YORK (AP) — Questlove has its own book, and it kicks off with the memoir of one of the world’s most influential and enigmatic musicians, Sly Stone, leader of Sly and the Family Stone.
“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, named after the Sly and the Family Stone hit, will be released on October 17th through Questlove AUWA Books, part of Macmillan Publishers. The memoir, co-written with Ben Greenman, traces Stone’s rise to fame in the late 1960s to his long decline and virtual disappearance from the music scene.
“For as long as I can remember, people have asked me to tell my story,” Stone, 80, born Sylvester Stewart, said Wednesday. “I wasn’t ready. I had to be in a new mood to be Sylvester Stewart again to tell the true story of Sly Stone. It’s been a wild ride and I hope my fans enjoy it too.”
Other books slated for publication by AUWA include Handbook for Revolution: The Essential Guide to Organizing the Workplace by Amazon labor activist Derrick Palmer and Hip Hop Is History, a co-authored timeline of the first 50 years of hip hop. Questlove and Greenman.
“I have been writing books for over ten years now, so publishing them also seemed like a natural step,” Questlove said in a statement. also plans to make a film about Stone, whose other hits include “Dance to the Music” and “Ordinary People”.