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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.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.1mb, interview length: 52' 09" sound quality: ***

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Bootsy's Rubber Band a snappy little number

Report by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 1 May 1976

KEEP YOUR ears pimmed back for Bootsy's Rubber Band, a nifty little album soon to be released by WEA. ...

"Say man, do you thnk these shades make me look just a little like Bootsy Collins? Eh?"

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

Well, they ought to. Yep, you guessed it kids, it's Bootsy himself – he of incredible Rubber Band fame. Our man's been around some and ...

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... ...

The Amazing Disco-Man from Planet X

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 3 July 1976

PARLIAMENT: Mothership Connection (Casablanca)BOOTSY'S RUBBER BAND: Stretchin' Out (Warners) ...


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 ...

Bootsy's Rubber Band: Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! (Warner Bros); The Undisputed Truth: Method To The Madness (Warner Bros)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 January 1977

'Dock Of The Bay' was never like this! Soul Music shifts a gear ...

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 ...

Bootsy's Rubber Band: Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby (Warner Bros. K 56302) *****

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 1 March 1977

AS WELL as offering a very visual show, Bootsy and the rest of the Rubber Band also turn in a rather strange musical potpourri, too! ...

Bootsy's Rubber Band: Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! (Warner Bros.)*****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 5 March 1977

FAR BELOW them they could still see the billowing blankets of smoke covering the scorched air that had been their cities. ...

Bootsy Collins: Space Bass Reveals Plans for Planetary Domination

Report by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 13 August 1977

Bootsy's Rubber Band, Funkadelic: On video, from... Houston, Texas ...

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 ...

Bootsy Collins

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 25 April 1978

IN THE two years of 'its' acceptance, Bootsy's Rubber Band has become established as one of America's leading progressive R&B bands. Each of their three ...

Bootsy's Rubber Band, Raydio: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 29 April 1978

SELF-STYLED Player Of The Year, Bootsy Collins is hip to the dynamics of Showtime. As his music is a fantastic flight from bases built by ...

Bootsy Collins: 'Don't Leave Home Without Your F.U.N.K!'

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 24 June 1978

"I WANNA PLAY with the kids", Bootsy Collins said, yearning. Walking down the gravel path winding past the white neoclassical pillars of Kenwood House, Highgate, ...

Bootsy: Developments in the Popcorn Industry

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 24 June 1978

...a.k.a. A Visit To The funk Factory a.k.a. A Meeting With A Black Man In Daft Glasses a.k.a. PAUL RAMBALI talks to superfunkster BOOTSY COLLINS ...

Bootsy's Rubber Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 29 June 1978

A MESSAGE from the Mothership: "If you ain't gonna get it on, take your dead ass home." Some did...some of those dead asses...they couldn't cope ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bootsy's Rubber Band: This Boot Is Made For Fonk-n (Warners)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, 7 July 1979

THE WORLD'S zaniest bass-player is back, whatever the truth of reports about a nervous breakdown; or, as he tells us himself: "I dug the concern ...

Bootsy Collins: Nothing Will Stop The Funk

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 October 1979

B&S drops in on Bootsy who says it out loud... ...

Zapp: More Sound To The Pound...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 13 January 1981

Roger, Larry, Lester and Terry "Zapp" Troutman have "bounced" their way to the winners circle with their hit single and debut album. With an overload ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy Sweats it Out

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

Bootsy Collins explains his foolosophy and talks about his long lay-off and the legal hassles surrounding The Rubber Band... ...

William Bootsy Collins: The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away (Warner Bros Import); Captain Sky: Return Of The Captain (AVI Import)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 22 May 1982


Bootsy Collins Effects the Funk

Interview by Gene Santoro, Musician, May 1991

Scouting bass hyperspace, speaking without words ...

Bootsy Collins

Interview by Mark Sinker, The 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 ...

Bootsy Collins: Tramps, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 1 October 1994

Despite Sore Throat, Bootsy Puts His Best Funk Forward ...

Q&A With Bootsy Collins

Interview by Amy Linden, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 October 1994

THE PREMIER funk bassist of this or any other time, place or galaxy, William (Bootsy) Collins, is back on the road and representing the P-Funk ...

Bootsy Collins on Bootsy Collins

Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, April 1998

‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine’James Brown (King single, 1970) ...

Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, James Brown: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, September 1998

DIGNITY OR DESPAIR: How are these funk giants confronting the present day? ...

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 ...

Funk: Bootsy Collins and OutKast

Interview by Angus Batey, Dazed & Confused, December 2001

What is funk anyway? A type of music? A sound? An attitude, a style, a feeling? ...

Bootsy Collins: Play With Bootsy

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, Summer 2002

AS A WIGGED-OUT space cadet, Bootsy Collins is unrivalled. Unfortunately, the former Parliament and Funkadelic bass player's solo output has rarely warranted as much attention ...

Bootsy Collins: King of the funk bass is back with a solo album

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, 22 April 2011

LOUNGING IN A London hotel suite dedicated to the memory of his childhood hero Jimi Hendrix, Bootsy Collins grins to reveal a gold incisor implant. ...

Staying on The One: Bootsy Collins' Favourite LPs

Interview by Julian Marszalek, The Quietus, 2 November 2017

Bootsy Collins helped define the sound of funk, working with Parliament and James Brown, who taught him the mysterious concept of The One. In this ...

see also George Clinton

see also Funkadelic


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