Questlove is now Professor Questo, lecturing in NYU on classic records

In the footsteps of Bun B, who lectured on Religious Studies at Rice University, and Afrika Bambaataa, who recently assumed an visiting professor

October 17, 2012

In the footsteps of Bun B, who lectured on Religious Studies at Rice University, and Afrika Bambaataa, who recently assumed an visiting professorship at Cornell, Questlove, drummer and frontman of The Roots, and, as most of us who go to his DJ parties know, historian of recorded music, is NYU’s latest faculty member. Specifically, Questlove will be lecturing about the history of recorded music along with UMG Vice President Harry Weinger, a Grammy-winning producer of reissued records who worked with the catalogs of Motown, James Brown and jazz powerhouse Verve Records. Together, the class they will teach, at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of Art, will examine the recording of some of the greatest rock, soul, funk, and hip-hop records in the last half-century, including albums from Sly and the Family Stone, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Prince, and the Beastie Boys.

Oh, and in case you were wondering what could have precipitated this development, it was all started by the now-somewhat infamous essay by NPR intern Austin Cooper, whose dismissive review of Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (one of the greatest albums of all of hip-hop, a proven fact actually) prompted Questlove to write in the comments and criticize Cooper for ignoring the historical context around the creation of the album. Faculty members of NYU saw the comment and that inspired them to have Questlove and Weinger collaborate for a class. Gotta educate them babies.

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posted: October 17th, 2012, 12:53am


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