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

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

May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT
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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.

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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.”

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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).

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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 here: https://ew.com/music/2019...R6mapln_js

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #1 posted 05/23/19 8:17pm

mrwiggles

purplethunder3121 said:

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

May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT
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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.”

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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 here: https://ew.com/music/2019...R6mapln_js

Nice piece, EW always did have a soft spot for The Funks. I need to pick up a print copy of this one for the good times.

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Reply #2 posted 05/23/19 9:03pm

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mrwiggles said:

purplethunder3121 said:

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

May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT
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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 here: https://ew.com/music/2019...R6mapln_js

Nice piece, EW always did have a soft spot for The Funks. I need to pick up a print copy of this one for the good times.

Yup, won't be the same without George... Nice to know a funk member is retiring instead of expiring... LOL

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Reply #3 posted 05/24/19 10:58am

mrwiggles

He’ll outlive us all. By the time he expires, no one living will be around or old enough to even know or remember who he was, lol.
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Reply #4 posted 05/25/19 9:13pm

poppys

I didn't realize he was 77. But their first album I bought was Up for the Down Stroke so why am I mentioning age?

worship Good on him. Hope he enjoys himself. Nice article, thanks for posting purplethunder3121.

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Reply #5 posted 05/29/19 2:56pm

mrwiggles

Tried to tell y'all he wasn't going nowhere

https://www.phillytrib.com/entertainment/godfather-of-funk-george-clinton-decides-to-let-the-music/article_642ffe7e-e749-5c15-b0c8-4a8e8f99dce9.html

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Reply #6 posted 05/29/19 3:14pm

poppys

mrwiggles said:

Tried to tell y'all he wasn't going nowhere

https://www.phillytrib.co...9dce9.html


falloff Yes indeed, you did. cool

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Reply #7 posted 05/29/19 3:34pm

SoulAlive

mrwiggles said:

Tried to tell y'all he wasn't going nowhere



https://www.phillytrib.com/entertainment/godfather-of-funk-george-clinton-decides-to-let-the-music/article_642ffe7e-e749-5c15-b0c8-4a8e8f99dce9.html





I have a feeling that he’ll be touring until he’s in his 80s biggrin gotta keep the money coming in
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Reply #8 posted 05/29/19 3:52pm

mrwiggles

I'm telling you, if they have to they'll roll him up on the stage in a hosptial bed with IV dripping and he'll be like "chyt got dayum gte off your ass and jam!"

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Reply #9 posted 05/29/19 4:03pm

poppys

mrwiggles said:

I'm telling you, if they have to they'll roll him up on the stage in a hosptial bed with IV dripping and he'll be like "chyt got dayum gte off your ass and jam!"

Shaman heart

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Reply #10 posted 05/29/19 6:24pm

SoulAlive

mrwiggles said:

I'm telling you, if they have to they'll roll him up on the stage in a hosptial bed with IV dripping and he'll be like "chyt got dayum gte off your ass and jam!"



lol
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Reply #11 posted 05/30/19 6:16am

mrwiggles

On one of the old Funkadelic live audios that keeps ringing in my ears. I think during Standing On the Verge, its either Motor Booty Affair Tour or the Anti-Tour. Clinton grabs the mic and literally screams obsessively "I ain't gonna stop, I ain't NEVER gonna stop!!".

I've got to find that because they way he says it is almost like prophetic.

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