Back in the day, everybody was in front of the TV Saturday afternoon to watch Soul Train. For over 35 years, Soul Train reigned as the 'hippest trip in America.' Kicking down racial barriers and changing the face of television.


Questlove attends the Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music 10th Anniversary Party in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Questlove of the Roots is about to release his second book this year. The famous drummer published his memoir earlier this year in June, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove and now he's giving a historical account of one of the most celebrated music programs in television history.  Here's Quest speaking on why he decided to do the book.

In preparation of writing the book, Questlove watched the entire series to fully educate himself on the legendary show.  After going through hundreds of rare photos of the show, 350 photos will be featured in the book, Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation.  Quest had a little help in comprising all the history of the show, Gladys Knight provided the foreword and Nick Cannon contributed to the book’s preface.

Soul Train was created by the late Don Cornelius back in 1971 and ran until 2006. Some of the biggest names in music and TV appeared on the show during its 35 years on the air.  It was the show everybody watched to not only keep up with what was hot musically, but the latest dance moves and fashion trends.  The only way to do that, was to watch the famous Soul Train Line!

Who could forget the Soul Train Scramble Board?  If you got a chance to be on the show, that was a highlight.  Two dancers are given 60 seconds to unscramble a set of letters that form the name of that show's performer or a notable person in African American history.  Here's a look back on how that went down, including a performance by the legendary Herb Albert performing his massive 70's classic 'Rise.'

Questlove’s Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation will be available October 22nd.