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Music: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

By Brian Baker · January 31st, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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When George Clinton founded the Parliaments, he had the standard issue ’50s Doo Wop look — clean shaven, slicked back hair, sharp suit. At 2010’s Grammy Awards, Clinton looked like a gene spliced voodoo priest/tie-dyed Zulu shaman/bearded rooster on a mescaline drip.

What’s happened to — and because of — Clinton in the 50-plus years between those extremes is nothing less than the history of Soul, Funk and Rock; his shadow looms large across the musical landscape.

Abandoning Doo Wop, Clinton split his band into separate entities — Funkadelic explored the intersection of psychedelically charged Rock and raw Funk while Parliament expanded the parameters of Soul, Funk, Pop and wildly surreal musical theater.

Surfing his career’s inevitable peaks and valleys, Clinton has notched a highlight reel of incredible accomplishments: over 40 hit R&B singles and three No. 1s with Parliament-Funkadelic; a trio of platinum albums; production credits for Bootsy Collins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others; an amazingly diverse solo career; a reputation as one of Funk’s primary architects with the additional honor of being one of music’s most sampled artists; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; and object of idol worship in the Rock and Rap communities.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic perform at Bogart's Friday. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.



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