November 1, 2014


Review George Clinton's funk chronicle, 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George' (MARC WEINGARTEN, 11/01/14, LA Times)

Taking his cue from James Brown's rhythmic innovations but also Jimi Hendrix and British bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin, Clinton forged an entirely new, ecumenical funk. Screaming guitars, intricate horn arrangements, call-and-response vocals and Clinton's savagely witty wordplay all summoned up a utopian Chocolate City, where race is erased, and all are united under the "the one," the emphatic pulse of funk.

"We were too white for black folks and too black for white folks," Clinton writes. "And that's exactly how we wanted it."

It was among the most innovative music of its era, but the P-Funk mythology was more than just a tripped-out lark: Clinton was at heart a prankster-moralist, declaiming the evils of the Corporation, duplicitous politicians, advertising and mindless profiteering using an array of characters across the numerous records produced by his bands, Parliament and Funkadelic. "We were jokesters," Clinton writes, "but there was an undercurrent of philosophy in our music: ideas of self-expression, of rebelling against received norms, that kind of thing."

Accidentally found Finding The Funk the other night--an awesome documentary.

Posted by at November 1, 2014 6:32 PM

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