George Clinton ring in 72nd Year of FUNK
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Dr. George Clinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music, and is the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, also known collectively as the P-Funk All Stars or P-Funk. Dr. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. To date, P-Funk has captured 40 hit R&B singles, including No. 1 hits “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Aqua Boogie,” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep.”
On July 22nd, 2013 Dr. George Clinton celebrates his 72nd birthday.
“We created the annual Motor Booty Affair, to be a celebration of all things related to our P-Funk family!” exclaims manager Carlon Thompson. “This is our second year, and many of our band members, George’s children and grandchildren will be enjoying a fun filled weekend at St. George’s Island, Florida starting July 25th.”
Friends and important artists including Scarface and Rakim will also join Dr. Clinton culminating in a jam session in his honor on Sunday July 28th at the Tallahassee club “The Moon”. Tickets can be purchased – http://bit.ly/14jWKnv
Beyond touring with the P-Funk All Stars all over the US, Europe, with special trips to bring the funk to Russia, Australia, Japan, Chile, Brazil, and the Caribbean, Dr. Clinton’s accomplishments over his 71st year are many:
· FIGHTING FOR ARTIST RIGHTS: Two months after his birthday, in September 2012, Dr. Clinton led a panel at the National Congressional Black Caucus’ 42nd annual legislative conference called “Unsung, Unshaken, and Uncompensated – The Plight of African American Musicians” along with musician Shock G of Digital Underground, members of the American Bar Association and the US Copyright Office, and Congressman Bobby Rush. During the United Way Halftime Show at the Detroit Lions’ 73rd Thanksgiving Day Classic against the Houston Texans, Kid Rock invited Dr. Clinton to perform with him. Dr. Clinton wore a T-Shirt with big bright blue and silver letters reading Flashight 2013 and “George Clinton” started trending on Twitter. But the appearance had a larger purpose: Dr. Clinton’s efforts to fight for artists’ intellectual property rights are documented on the website Flashlight2013.com.
· ENABLING MUSIC EDUCATION FOR YOUTH: Dr. Clinton teamed up with the Berklee City Music Network, which provides contemporary music education to 4th- through 12th-graders in underserved communities at 37 sites, including the Stax Music Academy in Memphis. In October 2012, he spoke at the Berklee City Music Network’s conference in Memphis and hosted a free, open-to-the-public master class with the Stax Music Academy.
· RED BULL PARTNERSHIP: In December 2012, Dr. Clinton was invited by the Red Bull Music Academy to their event, CultureClash, a unique event where artists are teamed with today’s top DJ talent. Clinton was paired with the cutting edge team from the record label Jeffrees, a part of Diplo’s Mad Decent label group. Top rap talent DMX, Pusha T, Too Short, B-Real joined Dr. Clinton at CultureClash in Los Angeles. In 2013, Dr. Clinton also began a collaboration with EDM / dance music talents Soul Clap which culminated in a 4 day recording session with the duo at Red Bull Studios Los Angeles
· AWARDS, COLLABORATING WITH SLY STONE, AND NEW MUSIC: During Grammy Week 2013, Oxfam America and KCRW presented Dr. Clinton their Vanguard Award for helping to raise awareness of the famine caused by the Sudan Darfur conflict. Dr. Clinton was trapped by a blizzard in New Jersey and could not accept the award in person. However, the legendary Sly Stone, who can be quite reclusive, accepted the award on Dr. Clinton’s behalf. Dr. Clinton also launched his record label, The C Kunspyruhzy, distributed on INGroovesFontana. The first single from the label, “The Naz” is the first official Funkadelic new release in 22 years and features Sly Stone covering Lord Buckley’s famous beat poem of the same name. Dr. Clinton’s collaborations with Stone continued at Red Bull Studios Los Angeles during the Soul Clap “E-Funk meets P-Funk” sessions.
The 72nd birthday event on St. George’s Island, Florida is titled the “The Motor Booty Affair” after Dr. Clinton’s Parliament 1978 underwater themed concept album of the same name.
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DR. GEORGE CLINTON + P-FUNK ONLINE:
ARTICLES FROM Dr. Clinton’s 71st YEAR:
WORKING WITH NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS: http://flashlight2013.com/
NFL HALFTIME SHOW WITH KID ROCK: http://www.billboard.com/
GEORGE CLINTON AT REDBULL CULTURE CLASH: http://allhiphop.com/2012/12/
SLY STONE ACCEPTS OXFAM AWARD FOR GEORGE CLINTON: http://www.billboard.com/biz/
GEORGE CLINTON AT REDBULL STUDIOS: www.redbull.com/us/en/music/
SOUL CLAP WORKING WITH GEORGE CLINTON: http://www.factmag.com/2013/