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Bootsy Collins

Mark Sinker, Wire, October 1993

2005 note: Much of the cultural rhetoric surrounding funk is just teacher’s-pet attempts to plod-cram the music back into the squarest box available – I treated this interview as a chance to fight back against that, a bit. The recombination of Clintonworld with the Beatles, the jazz avant-garde, kid’s TV and the politics of group interaction is a start: but what the piece really REALLY needed was a solid line-by-line listener-reading of a Bootsy-specific Parliament LP, in and out of its moment, something I had neither the time nor the ears to manage, at the time.

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