“Music is history: an evening with Questlove, with Hanif Abdurraqib” takes place on Thursday, October 14th, at 8 p.m. on Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for people aged 12 and over. Registration is required.
In “Music Is History,” musician, bestselling author, and Sundance Award-winning director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson uses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and deep curiosity about history to examine America over the past 50 years. He notes, “I think of the America we live in as a series of songs.”
Music Is History focuses on the years 1971 through today, not only the most complex and rewarding half century in the country when it comes to the way pop culture and culturally diverse history intersect and interact, but also the years that intersect overlap with Questlove’s own life. Music Is History moves fluently from the personal to the political, carefully and critically examining events to reveal and uncover dimensions previously unseen and to encourage readers to do the same. Whether he’s exploring how black identity reformed during the blaxploitation era, analyzing the assembly line nature of the disco and its hostility towards black genius, or remembering his own youth as a pop fan and what it taught him about America, Questlove finds it Hidden Links in American Tapestry.
Questlove will speak to Hanif Abdurraqib, a bestselling poet, essayist, and cultural critic for the New York Times. Abdurraqib was recently named a MacArthur Fellow 2021 and is also the host of the Sonos podcast “Object of Sound”.
The October 14 webinar will be hosted by the Family Action Network (FAN) in association with Evanston Township High School District 202, Baker Demonstration School, Beacon Academy, Bennett Day School, Catherine Cook School, Chiaravalle Montessori School, the Christ Church Winnetka, Compass Health Center, Connections for the Homeless, Countryside Day School, Evanston Scholars, Foundation 65, Francis W. Parker School, Fusion Academy, Glencoe D35, Lake Bluff D65, Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools, Latin School of Chicago, Loyola Academy, Magnetar Capital, Mindful Psychology Associates, Near North Montessori School, New Trier High School District 203, New Trier Parents’ Association, North Shore Country Day, Regina Dominican High School, Rogers Park Montessori School, Roycemore School, School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Science & Arts Academy, Stevenson High School District 12 5, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Parents Association of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Wolcott College Prep, Woodlands Academy, and Youth & Opportunity United.
The event will be recorded and later available on the FAN website and YouTube channel. More information is available at www.familyactionnetwork.net.