I’ve been eager for the release of this memoir by Questlove (né Ahmir Thompson), Mo’ Meta Blues, and here it is, with a jacket design that perfectly captures his magnificent mane and omnivorous appetite for music and culture. An homage to Milton Glaser’s iconic poster for Bob Dylan, which was commissioned by CBS Records in 1966, the cover illustration does more than parody the original, incorporating question marks into Questo’s curls, adding a hair pick in the form of a righteous outstretched fist, and elaborating on the original typography. Knowing it was done by Gail Anderson means it surely came from a place of admiration and respect, not simply imitation. (She also recently designed one of the greatest U.S. postage stamps ever, in my philatelic opinion.) To judge this book by its cover, it’s going to be a fascinating journey through one of the most unique musical minds of our time.
Here are the full credits provided by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group.
I wrote to Gail to see what Milton had to say about it. Hopefully he’s flattered by the nod.
Minutes-after-posting correction and an update: I missed mentioning that the black fist comes from the handle of a hair pick, so the version above reflects that. Also, the idea to use the Dylan poster came from Questlove himself, according to Gail. No comment yet from Mr. Glaser.