George Clinton: “I just sent a request to President Obama to save the funk”

Parliament and Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton lets us into his P-Funk world in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out on Thursday, May 23).

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Parliament and Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton lets us into his P-Funk world in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out on Thursday, May 23).

Clinton discusses Parliament, Funkadelic, the Mothership (the stage version of which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institute), drugs, working with Primal Scream and Sly Stone, and his early years as a high-earning hairdresser.

Talking about his current battle for royalties and ownership over many of his songs, Clinton reveals: “The entire band is having [copyright problems], my entire family, we just sent a request to the President of the United States to save the funk.

“We got a list of names, my entire family, to BMI requesting all our cheques. Other artists are involved in it, too. We gonna have us a Twitter Army! You can bet we know how to use the media, and the stage.”

Despite being one of the most sampled artists in music, especially among hip-hop musicians, Clinton claims he has received little money from the sampling parties.

The new issue of Uncut, which features Bruce Springsteen on the cover, is out on Thursday (May 23).



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