THE MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION: Funkastic career tips from funk legend George Clinton

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.
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New FUNKADELIC Single – “The Naz”

As soon as THE NAZ is ready to go : << you can click here to BUY! >>

Press Release

Sweetwater 420 Festival, Atlanta, Georgia April 20, 2013.: The new single IS  available at all digital retailers including iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Amazon and many others.

“In 2005 we served up our last Parliament Funkadelic release for our label, The C Kunspyruhzy. We titled it ‘How Late Do You Have to Be Before You’re Absent’,” says Dr. George Clinton. “We called it that because so much record industry red tape had hung up the release for several years.”

The legendary Dr. Funkenstein continues, “With INgrooves Fontana we have a partner who will allow us to release amazing music to a larger audience using digital era technology. We are excited to start with our first new Funkadelic release in 22 years. You are going to be hearing from so many artists on The C Kunspyruhzy imprint, beyond just Parliament and Funkadelic (P-Funk): from my talented grandchildren like Kandy Apple Red and Tra’Zae to my son Trey Lewd, as well as other emerging artists, Mary Griffin, Bouvier, Dayonne, Ebony Houston, and Edens Fill. Now, once again, you’ll also hear from those you never thought you’d hear from again!”

The C Kunspyruhzy label will cover all genres of music – rock, funk, R&B, electronic, jazz, and hip-hop.

”We are thrilled to be working with the legendary George Clinton to release this great new music from P-Funk and are looking forward to working with all of the artists in The C Kunspyruhzy family,” said INgrooves Fontana General Manager, Amy Dietz.

The single “The Naz” features Sly Stone on vocals telling the story of Jesus Christ of Nazareth as told by beat poet Lord Buckley in his famous poem “The Nazz”. Sly uses his trademark radio rap that he used to kick as a DJ on San Francisco’s radio station KSOL-AM. “He just laid it down and we built the entire song around it,” says Clinton.

The second song on this single is “Nuclear Dog”, an instrumental rock reworking of Clinton’s 1983 chart topping hit “Atomic Dog.” In classic Funkadelic tradition, “Nuclear Dog” features blazing solo after solo from long time P-Funk guitarist DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight. Jazz fans should know Blackbyrd from his start with the great Sonny Rollins and subsequent legendary work as a member of Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters before he joined P-Funk.

The C Kunspyruhzy label dedicates the new Funkadelic single to P-Funk bassist Cordell “Boogie” Mosson who passed away just days before the release, as well our family and other departed band members, Garry Shider, Belita Woods, Mallia Franklin, Ray Davis, Tyrone Lampkin, Tiki Fulwood, and Eddie Hazel. P-Funk band member biographies can be found at http://georgeclinton.com/family.

In addition to launching The C Kunspyruhzy, this year Clinton continues to tour relentlessly as “George Clinton and The P-Funk All Stars” and features many of the label’s artists as part of his live act. Visit http://georgeclinton.com/tour for dates.

Dr. Clinton also continues to fight for artist rights through the campaign and web site – http://flashlight2013.com – so that the next generation of musicians and current living legends can retain their copyrights and royalties.

In 2012, George Clinton was granted an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. He spent four days on the Berklee campus providing seminars culminating in a finale concert with the Berklee students. He also recently donated the legendary P-Funk stage prop, The Mothership, to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Other recent career highlights for Dr. Clinton include celebrating the 50th year of his music career at the Apollo Theater, speaking engagements at the Stax Music Academy and SXSW 2013, and partnering with Red Bull Music Academy on several events including Culture Clash.

ABOUT THE C KUNSPYRUHZY:

Under the watchful eyes of Dr.Funkenstein’s original Thought Processors Archie Ivy and Ron Dunbar, as well as The Dr. himself, The C Kunspyruhzy will guide the next generation of The P-Funk Empire’s onslaught into the digital age and revolution. The label team also includes George Clinton’s daughter Barbarella Bishop, manager Carlon Scott, Sa’D “The Hourchild” Ali and Chuck Fishman.

Other The C Kunspyruhzy artists include: Kendra Foster, AtomicHeadz, God’s Weapon, Fonksquish, Kim Manning, Larry Grams, and Sativa.

Rest in Power Cordell Boogie Mosson

United Soul’s “I Miss My Baby” – a song led by Garry Shider with Cordell Boogie Mosson. Their first official single together for the Parliament-Funkadelic empire.

We love and will never forget our brother Cordell Boogie Mosson. He passed away April 18th, 2013. Memorial details will be announced soon.

Here is a brief biography we have about Boogie, but it doesn’t express what a joyful friend and family member Boogie is, or any personal stories.

Then following is a tribute by P-Funk keyboardist Danny Bedrosian

Please let us know of your memories in the comments below.

Cordell “Boogie” Mosson (official name: Cardell Mosson) was born October 16, 1952. A good friend of Garry Shider, the two left Plainfield, New Jersey in their teens to go to Canada. They joined a band called United Soul, which came to the attention of George Clinton, who had known Shider as a youth in Plainfield. In 1971 Clinton produced several tracks by United Soul with input from members of Funkadelic. The songs “I Miss My Baby” and “Baby I Owe You Something Good” were released as a one-off single by Westbound Records in 1971 under the group name U.S. Music with Funkadelic. All the tracks recorded with Clinton in 1971 were released by Westbound in 2009 as the album U.S. Music With Funkadelic. After producing United Soul, Clinton then invited Mosson and Shider to join Parliament-Funkadelic. Two United Soul songs were rerecorded on later Funkadelic albums with Mosson as a member.

Mosson was a prominent contributor to albums by both Funkadelic and Parliament from 1972 until the dissolution of the two groups in the early 1980s, and was the featured on-stage bassist for Parliament-Funkadelic after Bootsy Collins went solo. While Collins is more widely remembered as the P-Funk bassist, Mosson’s contributions were arguably as numerous and are well regarded by fans. Mosson also appeared in the movie PCU as himself, in 1994.

His name as spelled on his birth certificate is Cardell Mosson, and “Cordell” is a common misspelling in the notes for most of the Parliament-Funkadelic albums on which he appeared. Mosson is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

By Danny Bedrosian:

CORDELL “BOOGIE” MOSSON, the ultimate FUNK theologian, one of P-FUNK’s most pivotal and vital musicians (bass, guitar, drums and vocals), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and one of my teachers, has passed away today. We lost more information, lessons, and vast rare funk knowledge today, then most learn in a lifetime. Much like the last of the samurai, the end of the era of the pyramid builders, and the passing of an age, vast sums of knowledge are now lost. For those few of us to have studied under him (Boog’s tenure with P-funk starts in 1971, and his Plainfield NJ roots go back much further, giving him preponderance in the P-Funk histories), we must go on with the knowledge we have been imparted by Boog’s far seeing vision of funk theory. Boog’s knowledge and understanding of Rhythm, the ONE, the Pocket, and the FEEL of P-FUNK, was UNMATCHED. We in Parliament-Funkadelic, wish to send our prayers to Boog’s family, and with extreme sadness, we say our worldly goodbye to our brother, our uncle, our friend, our teacher, our valued, trusted, master of musical expression: CORDELL “BOOGIE” MOSSON (October 16th, 1952 – April 18th, 2013)

by Daniel P. Bedrosian – PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC (keyboardist)

Rolling Stone – Hottest Live Photos of 2013: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Rolling Stone coverage of P-Funk
George Clinton performs with Parliament Funkadelic at Showbox Market in Seattle on March 23rd, 2013.

Visit this RollingStone.com link to see the original photo.

SXSW 2013: George Clinton Is “Horny” For A Parliament-Funkadelic Reunion (And 11 Other Finding The Funk Revelations)

VH1Music.com Coverage of SXSW Finding the Funk Panel

From L to R: Lumar LeBlanc, Bootsy Collins, Novena Carmel, Arthur Baker, George Clinton and Bernie Worrell.

From VH1.com Music

One of our favorite things about SXSW —besides the abundance of Shiner Bock, natch— is that it’s the biggest musical melting pot in all of the United States. Over the course of a few days in Austin each and every March, acts from every conceivable genre of music come together for both performances and conversations, but more importantly, to bond with one another. Perhaps nowhere over the course of the weekend was that issue of “bonding” more relevant than at Saturday afternoon’s panel celebrating the upcoming release of the VH1 Rock Doc Finding The Funk, which saw former Parliament-Funkadelic members George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell putting aside rumors of alleged beef for one glorious hour of truly funky storytelling.

The afternoon’s discussion was, unlike a lot of SXSW panels, a loose and rollicking affair, one that veered from Bootsy’s early experiences playing alongside James Brown to the way that Bernie and Bootsy used to tease George for not exactly being smooth with the ladies.

Continue reading on VH1 for some of their favorite moments.

George Clinton Talks Future of Funk on smoovtunes

George Clinton Talks Future of Funk on smoovtunes
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George Clinton Appears on FOX’s The Cleveland Show

Airdate: February 17th. Check local US Listings

When a Man (Or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie

Episode Overview via FOX.com:

Cleveland’s mom, Cookie runs away with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, after Freight Train misses their anniversary party. So, Freight Train and Cleveland go to find her. Meanwhile, Junior engages in an elaborate office fantasy during a visit to an office supply store.

Episode Clip:

NEW HAVEN’S TOAD’S PLACE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17 TH

Due to snow banks the show at Toad’s Place , New Haven  has been rescheduled to Sunday February 17th, 2013
All tickets bought for the Feb 14th show are still valid