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5 Questions: George Clinton

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5 Questions: George Clinton
George Clinton (Photo: Photo: Courtesy George Clinton)

George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

What influenced your decision to pursue/perform funk music?

George Clinton: After watching Motown peak and realizing that Rock and Roll was going to change music, I wanted to do something different. Mixing Blues and Rock was the perfect new sound for me.

What is your philosophy on the definition of funk?

GC: Do the best you can and then funk it. If your intentions are positive, you will be protected.

Your music has influenced and inspired so many artists what does that legacy mean to you?

GC: It feels good that people are still funkin’. I want the funk to stay alive and continue to grow for years to come. I was just doing what I love and I am glad audiences took to it.

Are there any artist who will continue to carry on the funk?

GC: I love Kendrick Lamar! As long as any artist (new or old) keeps the ingredient, funk will live on. I love that a lot of groups are experiencing in futuristic funk. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iggy Azalea do a great job of with this.

What is your secret for your continued success in the music industry?

GC: I have never worried about going out of style. I always pay attention to newcomers, because helping them helps me stay around.