The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Street Date : October 21, 2014
George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond?
One of them. That’s how many.
How George Clinton got from barbershop quartet to funk music megastar is a story for the ages. As a high school student he traveled to New York City, where he absorbed all the trends in pop music, from traditional rhythm and blues to Motown, the Beatles, the Stones, and psychedelic rock, not to mention the formative funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. By the dawn of the seventies, he had emerged as the leader of a wildly creative musical movement composed mainly of two bands—Parliament and Funkadelic. And by the bicentennial, Clinton and his P-Funk empire were dominating the soul charts as well as the pop charts. He was an artistic visionary, visual icon, merry prankster, absurdist philosopher, and savvy businessmen, all rolled into one. He was like no one else in pop music, before or since.
Written with wit, humor, and candor, this memoir provides tremendous insight into America’s music industry as forever changed by Clinton’s massive talent. This is a story of a beloved global icon who dedicated himself to spreading the gospel of funk music.
The Mothership landed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2011 after Kevin Strait, project historian for the museum, acquired it to anchor the museum’s inaugural “Musical Crossroads” exhibition. Under the direction of Bernie Walden, a former stage and lighting designer for Parliament-Funkadelic, the Mothership was recently reassembled and videotaped in all of its galactic glory.
Read more: Smithsonian Mothership
National Public Radio Interview with George Clinton.
Main broadcasts are :
WNYC – New York City – 93.9 FM – Sunday March 16 at 6pm
KPCC – Los Angeles – 89.3 FM – Saturday March 15 at 3pm
WNJY – New Jersey – 89.3 FM – Sat March 15 at 10am, Sun March 16 at 6pm
WHYY- Philadelphia – 90.9 FM – Friday March 14 at 9pm
KUHF – Houston 88.7 FM – Thursday March 13 at 8pm
WFSU – Tallahassee 88.9 FM – Sunday March 16 at 9pm
Get on board for the mother of all Mothership Connections. This is your chance to go on a wild ride inside the mind and music of P-Funk genius George Clinton. You’ll see Parliament-Funkadelic in action, meet George Clinton and the band, and get the inside track on the influences and inspirations behind Parliament-Funkadelic’s most iconic songs in this exclusive weekend event at Metropolis Studios.
The event kicks off with the best possible start to any weekend: a riotous show led by Clinton himself, featuring members of classic Parliament-Funkadelic. The evening offers a unique opportunity to watch the band record a full set of their greatest material for a forthcoming DVD and TV special, in front of an intimate audience.
Saturday night is the ultimate treat for funk-loving audiophiles, as the band record a super-limited edition album direct to vinyl in Metropolis, one of the only studios on the planet equipped for recording live to vinyl – the highest possible quality form of recording there is. You’ll sit in on rehearsals and witness how the magic is made. You’ll see how the Metropolis engineers and Producers capture lightning on lacquer, and get an up-close look at George and the band’s musical brilliance.
Finally, on Sunday, George Clinton provides mind food for budding producers, musicians and curious funk fans alike, as he deconstructs the original multitracks of some of P-Funk’s greatest works to reveal the studio secrets of how one of the tightest, wildest and most experimental bands in the universe put together their legendary jams.
Every guest will be treated like a VIP, and different ticketing tiers provide all kinds of amazing extras, including private signing sessions with George Clinton, private box seating with waiter service, a tour of the legendary Metropolis studios, and even the opportunity to get your name in the credits for the new live album and DVD. Individual tickets are available for each event – or, you can also experience this monumental weekend in funk history in full. Silver, gold and full weekend ticket packages are available now.
“We can’t wait to land the mothership on Metropolis Studios in London!” – George Clinton
“George is a legend and we’re delighted that he has decided to make history at Metropolis with the George Clinton weekender,” says Ian Brenchley, CEO of Metropolis. “ Funkadelic are the perfect outfit for a live vinyl cut and I expect the gig to be crazy!”
“This is an amazing opportunity for fans to see one of the great innovators of funk in action,” said Malcolm Dunbar, President of PledgeMusic Europe. “The quality of great artists such as George Clinton that are choosing to work with PledgeMusic to is testament to the strength of our ever expanding worldwide community of music lovers.”
Gold and Silver ticket options available from:
For more information, please contact Matt Hamilton at Metropolis.
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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.
Please see our media contacts for any questions or interview requests. Thank you for celebrating the birthday of Dr. George Clinton with us and the world.
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/
George Clinton brings you up to speed on all his funky endeavors in 2013 in a 4 page article in the July issue of Uncut Magazine. The full issue can be purchased digitally on iTunes. An excerpt from the article can also be found at Uncut Magazine online.
He’s been in the business for 60 years, and is still going strong.
The founder and shamanistic frontman of the seminal funk bands parliament-funkadelic and the p-funk all stars reflects on his long career, and shares lessons he’s learned along the way.