George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Well-known as a singer, bandleader, and record producer in the US, George Edward Clinton is also a well-known musician. He made his debut into this world in the Empire State. In the 1970s, his Parliament-Funkadelic band produced a widely influential and stylistically varied kind of funk. 

This particular brand of funk music was influenced by many different things, including science fiction, ostentatious clothes, psychedelics, and absurdist comedy. Clinton is also widely acknowledged as one of the most influential pioneers of funk music, alongside James Brown and Sly Stone.

About George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

As a member of Parliament and later Funkadelic, George Clinton changed the face of R&B in the ’70s by fusing elements of soul music with those of various acid idols from the ’60s, including Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone, to create funk.

The Funky Sound of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton, who was impressed by the consistent quality of sound produced by Motown’s production line, eventually assembled a group consisting of more than fifty musicians and recorded them as Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1970s. Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, fusing inspirations from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with bizarre costumes and themes inspired by the acid culture and science fiction of the ’60s, while Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock.

Clinton and the music of Parliament Funkadelic, which is collectively referred to as the “DNA of Hip Hop,” has been sampled by a wide variety of artists, including Digital Underground, OutKast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Tupac, Fishbone, and many more.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will perform a live concert at Sony Hall.

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