Learning about music can be so difficult. There are all of those discographies and artists and compilations and books and websites to keep track of, from which one’s personal taste emerges like a butterfly from its cocoon. (Sometimes it’s a really fucked up butterfly, but fair enough.) But this spring, NYU students can learn from the best: None other than Questlove of The Roots will be co-teaching a class called “Classic Albums” alongside producer Harry Weinger, which “will focus on the concept of what it means for something to be called classic or seminal.”
Billboard notes that the class syllabus should included Led Zeppelin’s IV, the Beastie Boys’s Paul’s Boutique, Prince’s Dirty Mind, and Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, among others — which, completely rad, because apart from all of those albums being great, I’m sure it’ll be fascinating for a known music head like Questlove to explain his thoughts on each. He’s like a personified 33 1/3 book! Apparently, the class was inspired by this summer’s blogosphere hubbub in which an NPR intern snidely dismissed Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in a blog post, prompting Questlove to tell him to educate himself via Twitter — which then prompted an associate professor at NYU to reach out and see if he’d be interested. God, college kids get the best of everything.