The George Clinton Interview
The Head of Parliament is calling his chamber into session for some rehearsals. Rehearsals and Lessons in life and overcoming adversity. Lessons in love and lineage that harken back to Dixieland and Ragtime and the most authentic players.
My guest today is the brainchild behind the soul funk outfits Parliament and Funkadelic. These groups were a gumbo of Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix Sylvester Stewart and Jimmy Brown. They incorporated elements of Motortown and Northern Soul with black slave field music to the gulf coast blues that were sweeping across the southeast.
Power horns, pulsating rhythms and stories that soared going up for the downstroke while my guest led the band.
While staying original and creative my guest was doing battle with the rigid and conformist record labels which look to pacify and line their pockets. This is anathema to people like my guest who understand the traditions within music. The language and expression of harmony and melody, the rhythms of resistance that came from the islands during diaspora.
As disco was infiltrating our country my guest pivoted and started cutting albums under his own name. His continued success and longevity is attributed to the relationships that he has built over time. Musical relationships that feel good, so much so that he can still get on the bandstand and crank out a three hour show with the likes of Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins or modern day poets like Ice Cube.
His legacy is firmly cemented in music history as an originator and entertainer, yet he still burns inside with new ideas, new melodies and mentoring those who rely on his caginess and wisdom to get on the good foot.
George Clinton welcome to the JFS
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