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Parliament: Live: The P-Funk Earth Tour

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 11 June 1977

"THEY SAY the bigger the headache the bigger the pill!" Dr. Funkenstein shouts. ...

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Bootsy Collins (1978)

Interview by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages audio, June 1978

Bootsy takes us back to Cincinnati in 1968, and he and brother Phelps' band the Pacesetters; from there it's to James Brown and 'Sex Machine'; then via the House Guests it's on to George Clinton and P-Funk: America Eats Its Young and Cosmic Slop; his Space Bass; forming the Rubber Band; new Funkadelic album One Nation Under a Groove; producing Roger Troutman; the people who make up P-Funk, including Bernie Worrell, and on current black music.

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Funkadelic: Free Your Mind (Westbound 2001)

Review by Vernon Gibbs, Columbia Daily Spectator, 2 December 1970

Funkadelic's Music Whispers of Madness ...

Introducing Rozetta Johnson

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 2 April 1971

IT'S RARE that a tour by an American R&B group can cause controversy that makes headlines in the more general pop music papers. But that's ...

Lyceum Ban Funkadelic

Report by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 3 April 1971

FUNKADELIC, THE American group banned by London's Royal Albert Hall, have now been banned from the Strand Lyceum. Promoter John Sullivan — offered Funkadelic by ...

Funkadelic: Spaced-out Funk — out to shock!

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, 24 April 1971

FOR A GROUP never yet seen in Britain, Funkadelic are causing a staggering amount of controversy. Already they've been banned from London's Albert Hall and ...

Funkadelic: It's Just To Get People's Attention

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 8 May 1971

EVER since Keith Emerson set fire to an American flag on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall, the banning of groups from that particular ...

Parliament/Funkadelic: A Parliafunkadelicment Thang

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 14 May 1971

RARELY DOES an R&B act cause any controversy or speculation prior to making a British tour. But the one exception in recent years is Funkadelic, ...

Funkadelic: The Speakeasy/The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 15 May 1971

Fun with Funkadelic ...

Funkadelic: When The Circus Hit Town

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, 5 June 1971

FUNKADELIC man George Clinton casually made the understatement of the year. There they were, the five front men of the year's most outrageous band, dressed ...

The Black-Latin-Jazz-Rock-Vocal Bands

Profile by Vernon Gibbs, Soul Sounds, November 1972

THERE SEEMS to be a definite increase of interest among young Black and Third World musicians, who are either not technically equipped or deeply enough ...

Marking Time with Funkadelic — an interview with George Clinton

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Soul Sounds, July 1973

THERE IS a hard core of demented maniacs who force their way into people's apartments, with wild looks in their eyes. Usually they can be ...

Black 'Woodstock': A Violent Fiasco

Report by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

IT COULD have been the biggest event of the summer. For many of us trapped in the iron heart of the city, it promised to ...

The Sound of the Streets

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1974

IN A HAPPIER world, pigeon-holes would be strictly for pigeons. Yet the fact remains that terms like "R and B" and "Soul" are no longer ...

Funkadelic pee in your Afro

Report by Vernon Gibbs, The Village Voice, 5 September 1974

LAST WEEK, Rare Earth punked out of a gig at the Apollo, a rare honor for which Mick Jagger might conceivably give up eyeshadow. The ...

Ohio Players, Graham Central Station, Funkadelic: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, The Village Voice, 24 February 1975

Progressive Soul: Where Were You? ...

Ohio Players, Graham Centra! Station, Parliament-Funkadelic: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Wayne Robins, Rolling Stone, 27 March 1975

ONLY TWO weeks after Sly Stone scaled his decline by falling on his face at Radio City Music Hall, two of his most popular heirs ...

Parliament-Funkadelic: Mothership Connection

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, 25 March 1976

WITH THE "Parliafunkadelicment thang", leader George Clinton has succeeded in creating two distinct identities for one band—the mystical voodoo of the Funkadelics and the stabbing, ...

Countdown on Parliament, from launchpad to mothership connection... We have lift-off!

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 29 June 1976

An intergalactic communication from Space Commander George Clinton aboard the starship Parliafunkadelicment... ...


Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 21 August 1976

"THERE'S a lot of chocolate cities around. We got Newark, we got Gary, somebody told me we got L.A. And we're working on Atlanta. But ...

A Journey to the Center of Parliament/Funkadelic

Report and Interview by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 26 August 1976

They're Coming to Take You Away, Ha-Ha ...

Parliament: The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein (Casablanca); Funkadelic: Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (Westbound)

Review by Joe McEwen, The Village Voice, 25 October 1976

Parliament-Funkadelic: Bummer in the City ...

The Bizarre World of George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic Drop The Funk-Bomb On America)

Interview by Joe Nick Patoski, Phonograph Record, December 1976

NEW ORLEANS — Maintaining two separate personalities and record labels for his band Parliament/Funkadelic has been an act of schizophrenic genius on the part of ...

Funkadelic: Tales of Kidd Funkadelic

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, 16 December 1976


Parliament/Funkadelic: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans

Live Review by Wayne Robins, Rolling Stone, 30 December 1976

A GOLD PYRAMID glitters onstage. Light beams, like giant mutant insect eyes, stare down at the audience. Musicians dressed for a Halloween party in some ...

Frank Zappa: Zoot Allures (Warner Bros. BS 2970); Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies (Warner Bros. BS 2973)

Review by Bruce Malamut, Crawdaddy!, February 1977


Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies/Parliament: The Clones Of Funkenstein

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 12 February 1977

In the last 12 months no less than eight albums have escaped from this mind-bending menagerie and yet only one (Parliament's Mothership Connection on Casablanca) ...

Underneath Apparent Mindlessness Lurks Astonishing Musicianship

Comment by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 19 February 1977

LOUIS JOHNSON, bass-playing Brother of that ilk, was quoted in a recent Downbeat on the subject of his favourite bassists: "Stanley Clarke... is the baddest ...

Scifi Funkiness: Triple Threat Guitar From Funkadelic

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, December 1977

ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO, a group of singers organized themselves from a rather large barbershop group into a pop/soul conglomeration called Parliament. They moved from ...

The Creation of Dr Funkenstein

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 7 January 1978

The scene: Maggotropolis, Hollywood. The target: the infamous Mr. GEORGE CLINTON High Priest of a Black Unholy Trinity. Enter a reporter clutching a clove of ...


Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 23 May 1978

After nearly twenty years together under the able guidance of Mr. George Clinton, Parliament and Funkadelic and associated entities have finally begun to receive the ...

Parliament/Funkadelic, Mother's Finest: Capitol Center, Landover MD

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 23 May 1978

Parliament tear the roof off Washington ...

Funkadelic: The Noble Art of Rhythm'n'Biz

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 18 November 1978

WARNER Brothers' New York Office on East 54th is only two blocks across and three up from the Taft Hotel on West 51st; close enough ...

P-Funk: Free Your Mind — Your Accountant Will Follow

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, 25 November 1978

Pretty soon, the whole Parliafunkadelicment troupe arrives in Britain — led by their founder, the black surrealist George Clinton. VIVIEN GOLDMAN witnessed Clinton's Clones on ...

Parliament Funkadelic: Watch Out The Mothership Is Coming

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 5 December 1978

Beware, Britain – the Mothership is coming! George Clinton and those extra-terrestial beings, Parliament-Funkadelic, are about to descend on to your cities. It will be ...

Rush: Hemispheres (Mercury); Art Bears: Hopes And Fears (Re Records); Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove (Warner Brothers)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 9 December 1978

Systems of resonance ...

Funkadelic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, 16 December 1978

FUNK CAN never be rendered; only worked through. It's simple and irreducible, a tempo and a feeling that have to be, and have to put ...

Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/Brides Of Funkenstein: Bellevue Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 16 December 1978

THE WORLD funk extravaganza circus comes to Manchester. ...

P-Funk: Mike Hampton – Kid Funkadelic

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 19 December 1978

REPRESENTING the younger generation of Funkadelicans is Mike Hampton, a long-haired extrovert who plays perhaps the meanest guitar within our musical sphere. "I am not ...

The George Clinton Interview: Part 2

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 19 December 1978

Coinciding with the arrival of the whole Parliafunk-adelicment entourage in Britain for concert dates, B&S concludes its exclusive interview with the mastermind of the whole ...

Parliament, Funkadelic, the Brides Of Funkenstein: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, 23 December 1978

AND LO, when the silver spaceship settled on the Odeon stage, the faces of the assembled glowed like kids when the fairy lights twinkle for ...

Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/Brides Of Funkenstein: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 23 December 1978

THE "MOTHERSHIP" arrives. Everybody gets on out of it and has a "party". And I dance. And slump. And dance and slump. ...

George Clinton & The Funk Mob

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Unicorn Times, May 1979

GARY SHIDER and Mike Hampton held the stage at the Capital Centre in the fiercest rock'n'roll guitar duet in any local hall recently. Shider's fingers ...

P-Funk: Dispatches from Uncle Jam's H.Q.

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Blues & Soul, 20 November 1979

The news that Dr Funkenstein is to retire has sent shock waves throughout the funk world, but has provided George Clinton with a little breathing ...

The P-Funk Noo Doo Crew: the Man with the Key to Funk

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 April 1981

George Clinton takes the lid off R&B... Rhythm and Business, that is! ...

Parliament-Funkadelic: The Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 30 May 1981

P-FUNK DO FOR the modern funk show what The Grateful Dead did to the rock show in the late '60s. They alter the time frame ...

Whites Are Missing Good Rock By Blacks

Overview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 15 November 1981

IF YOU LISTEN to Baltimore's album-oriented rock (AOR) radio stations or any of dozens of similar stations around the country, you're unlikely to hear any ...

George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 11 December 1982

A GEORGE Clinton solo album? Not a bit of it. Right down to Pedro Bell's quirkily barbed sleeve artwork, this is a Funkadelic record. The ...

George Clinton: The Mad Professor

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 8 January 1983

Paolo Hewitt gets funked by GEORGE CLINTON. ...

George Clinton: Fried Brains To Go

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 19 April 1986

"GEORGE WILL be with you in a minute, he's just playing with a raygun." (Clintonesque PR person). ...

Maceo, Blow Your Horn!

Interview by Gene Santoro, Pulse!, November 1990

James Brown's saxman of choice, Maceo Parker cuts two solo albums, one jazz, one P-Funk ...

Bootsy Collins Effects the Funk

Interview by Gene Santoro, Musician, May 1991

Scouting bass hyperspace, speaking without words ...

Eddie Hazel: 1950-1992

Obituary by Alan Light, Rolling Stone, 18 February 1993

EDDIE HAZEL, the Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist whose searing leads were a staple of the funk army's albums and concerts for more than two decades, died on ...

The Jazzy Funkateers: Life after James Brown and P-Funk

Report and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, American Visions, Winter 1993

AS THE SEVEN musicians on the stage at Tramps in New York launch into a instrumental version of 'Cold Sweat', six hundred voices in the ...

George Clinton: Funky 54

Retrospective and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, February 1994

PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC, P-Funk, The P -- Specially designed afronauts capable of funketizing entire galaxies. Their mothership long ago made its terrestrial connection and they are amongst ...

The Story Of The Funk: George Clinton

Retrospective and Interview by Peter Murphy, Hot Press, 1996

IN THE BEGINNING was the word, and the word was Funk. Deep in the prehistoric bog, two microbes rubbed together, caused some friction, got frisky ...

Invisible Jukebox: Spiritualized

Interview by Mike Barnes, The Wire, July 1998

Every month we play a musician a series of records which they're asked to identify and comment on — with no prior knowledge of what ...

George Clinton: The P-Father of P-Funk

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 23 December 1999

Who was pop's greatest showman? Sean O'Hagan has no hesitation in picking George Clinton. ...

Looking Back with Bootsy

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Herron, unpublished, 2001

'SEX MACHINE'; 'Superbad'; 'One Nation Under A Groove'; 'Tear The Roof Of Tha Sucker' – Bootsy Collins' bass is the foundation stone of the House ...

Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies/One Nation Under A Groove/Uncle Jam Wants You/The Electric Spanking Of War Babies

Review by Richard Gehr, Blender, August 2002

George Clinton's freaky crew in its late '70s prime. ...

George Clinton: Motor Booty

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 2003

In 1963 George Clinton took a first step toward funk overlordship. He shut his East Coast barbershop and flew to Motown. Lloyd Bradley finds out ...

Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

Review by Daryl Easlea,, 2013

So high you can't still get over it. ...

Who Killed the Funk?

Comment by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 24 July 2013


George Clinton: "I was born in a lavatory, so I have a legitimate claim on the funk"

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, The Guardian, 23 January 2014

HELLO GEORGE. First things first: what are you wearing? I got my suit on, baby. I like to change things up every now and then. So ...

see also George Clinton

see also Bootsy Collins

see also Parliament

see also Bernie Worrell

see also Junie Morrison

see also Sweat Band, The


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