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Wed May 22, 2019, 09:10 PM

Giving Up the Funk: George Clinton says goodbye to the road

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Giving Up the Funk: George Clinton says goodbye to the road

By Rodney Carmichael
May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT

The Funk has left the building. Well, technically, the Funk has only retired to a room adjacent to the stage where his masseuse awaits. “I need my massage,” George Clinton says. At 77, his pre-concert ritual is a lot different than it used to be: No illicit drugs. No groupie action. Just his wife Carlon Thompson-Clinton, who’s also managed his career for the last 10 years. And from the looks of the green room, the main thing on his rider these days is Fiji water.

We’re backstage at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, where Clinton is set to play night two of what’s being billed as his final hoedown — the last P-Funk tour before he goes gently into that good night. A month later, he and his Parliament-Funkadelic collective will be honored by the Grammys with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “This lifetime achievement stuff is getting ready to light up everything,” he says. “And the band is still going on anyway, so I might have to stay with them another six to nine months.”

When George Clinton was coming up, a future funkateer in the making, he wanted his empire to become the next Motown, he wanted to be as big as the Beatles. He ended up creating something different but just as lasting — an impressively influential body of funk, rock, and soul that has been repeatedly quoted, covered, and sampled (the foundations of hip-hop, now music’s most popular genre, were partially built on his group’s hooks).

Clinton’s life has played out like a Blaxploitation flick, from his mythological birth in an outhouse all the way down to his final act of revenge against The Man, as he tries to regain ownership of P-Funk’s hit discography from alleged interloper Bridgeport Music, Inc. While he’s won back the publishing rights for the One Nation Under a Groove LP and others, the saga continues.

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Read more: https://ew.com/music/2019/05/22/george-clinton-final-p-funk-tour-interview/

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Eugene May 2019 OP
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:13 PM

1. Didn't he date ivanker for a while?

I think he did.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #1)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:32 PM

2. You may be thinking of Quincy Jones...

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:08 PM

5. i am. Ty.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #1)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:05 PM

4. Ha ! Just imaging that is funny. She is a freak but not in a turn on way

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:54 PM

3. I saw him last summer I knew he would retire soon so one last Clinton concert experience

Had to go still so much fun on stage & what’s going on in the audience everyone was up and happy
Parliament_Clinton put out an album last year he did a lot of the songs with his son Tracy Lewis
And he introduced some younger artists on stage with thier own sound
The article mentioned “Everything hinges on future artists carrying on the musical DNA of the genre he helped pioneer”
Article linked has some great old pics x good read

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:44 PM

6. I know a bass player named John Heintz...

...he plays bass with a project he conceived called The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown.

The band includes members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Galactic, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Dumpstaphunk, Trulio Disgracias, The Lee Boys, Bootsy's Rubber Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Sci Fi, Konglom, Blackalicious, D'Angelo's Vanguard, as well as George Clinton, Laura Reed, Sidney Barnes, Kendra Foster, Rev. Desmond D'Angelo and more.

Here's a BONG video featuring George Clinton.



Here's an almost 2.5 hour long live BONG performance from November 2018:



Official Big Ol' Nasty Getdown web site:

http://www.thebigolnastygetdown.com/

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