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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

He’s been getting funky, donning crazy outfits and dyeing his dreads all the colours of the rainbow for more than 50 years, but there’s one stage the Godfather of Funk hasn’t played – the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots! So you can imagine how excited we are to finally have the undisputed King of Funk, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in the house in 2015!!  No matter how hard you try, you simply can’t have a conversation about 1970’s funk could exist without mentioning the man and his collective. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled funk music during the ’70s, releasing more than 40 R&B hit singles and recording three platinum albums. And Clinton is clear when he calls out their success – his P-Funk collective 50- plus musicians were just “too white for black folks and too black for white folks … And that’s exactly how we wanted it.” Among the most innovative music of its era, P-Funk had the Funkadelic collective pumping out a band-format of psychedelic culture and rock influences while Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers such as James Brown, Rick James and Sly Stone with freaky costumes and themes inspired by 1960s acid culture and science fiction. In a career spanning almost five decades, the Funk Godfather has worked with everyone from bad ass rappers, to hard rockers, to boy bands. One of the most sampled musicians on the planet, Dr Clinton has inspired Tupac, Primal Scream, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dog and Outkast…what a list! And we almost forgot to mention Prince, Macy Gray, Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim, who have all found him an inspiration for their own music genius. In his first visit to Australia since 2013, the Godfather of Funk will load his ‘Bop Gun’ and unleash his ‘Atomic Dog’, turning your ‘Maggot Brain’ into ‘Cosmic Slop’ at the 2015 West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots.

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