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George Clinton

George Clinton shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

George Clinton shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

George Clinton didn't just change the path of popular music, he took it to a far-out cosmic dimension. As the driving force behind legendary 70s bands Parliament and Funkadelic, he revolutionised soul and funk music, leading it into some insanely creative and psychedelic territories. A huge and undeniable impact on artists such as Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg Dr. Dre and OutKast, his music is as thrilling as ever, and he remains the one of the most sampled men in the history of music.

George talks about his youth in do-wop bands, working at both Motown and as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, and how he took his humble soul band the Parliaments and developed them into a multi-coloured, platinum selling, virtuoso, psychedelic funk rock collective. George's legendary live shows were ground-breaking and he also discusses the Mothership, the iconic UFO stage set that would land at Parliament and Funkadelic gigs. He also talks about the serious battle with drug abuse that stunted his career in the 80s and 90s, getting clean and his musical comeback, and on-going legal crusade to see musicians get recognised and receive royalties for their work being sampled - a battle that has taken him to the federal courts in Washington.

1 hour

Music Played

  • George Clinton

    Atomic Dog

    • Funkology.
    • Warner.
    • 09548-397242.
  • Parliament

    GIVE UP THE FUNK (TEAR THE ROOF OFF THE SUCKER)

    • Mothership Connection.
    • Casablanca.
    • 824502-2.
  • The Shirelles

    MAMA SAID

    • ONE FINE DAY.
    • COLUMBIA.
    • COL-4869102.
  • Louis Jordan

    CALDONIA

    • THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION.
    • SPECTRUM.
    • 544 328-2.
  • The Spaniels

    GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART

    • The golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll Vol 5.
    • Ace.
    • CDCHD-600.
  • The Parliaments

    I Wanna Testify

    • I Wanna Testify.
    • Revilot Records.
    • RV-207.
  • Parliament

    Breakdown

    • Osium.
    • Sequel.
    • CMRCD 339.
  • Funkadelic

    Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

    • Standing on the Verge of Getting It On.
    • Westbound.
    • R-787594.
  • Funkadelic

    Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

    • Standing on the Verge of Getting It On.
    • Westbound.
    • R-787594.
  • Funkadelic

    Funky Dollar Bill

    • Free Your Mind.
    • Westbound.
    • CDSEWM-012.
  • Funkadelic

    One Nation Under A Groove

    • Funkadelic One nation under a groove.
    • warners.
    • WB 56-539.
  • Funkadelic

    (NOT JUST) KNEE DEEP

    • FUNKADELIC: THE ORIGINAL COSMIC FUNK CREW.
    • METRO.
    • METRCD-025.
  • De La Soul

    ME MYSELF AND I

    • 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING.
    • TOMMY BOY.
    • TBCD-1019.
  • Primal Scream

    Give Out But Don't Give Up

    • GIVE OUT BUT DON'T GIVE UP.
    • CREATION.
    • CRESCD-146P.
  • Prince

    Dolphin

    • THE GOLD EXPERIENCE.
    • WARNER BROS.
    • 9362-459992.
  • Funkadelic

    Pole Power

    • First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate.
    • The C Kunspyruhzy.
    • CKY003.
  • Elbow

    Grace Under Pressure

    • V2.

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