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George Clinton: Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends (Capitol)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1985

IF THERE'S nothing more pathetic than an ageing crazy person, then why is George Clinton still able to make music as passionate, ...

George Clinton: Taking Funk Over The Hump

Profile by Simon Witter, i-D, May 1988

EXCUSE ME if I gush here, but this is a subject very close to my heart. In these days of political defeatism, sexual paranoia and ...

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George Clinton (1978)

Interview by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1978

A splendidly rambling conversation in which the P-Funk mastermind looks back at the early days of Parliament; fondly remembers Screaming Jay Hawkins and Louis Jordan; the rise of P-Funk; punk v funk; Hendrix and Sly as pioneers; gives a definition of what Funkadelic is, and the birth of 'One Nation Under A Groove'.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.7mb, interview length: 34' 05" sound quality: ***

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

George Clinton: Mutiny On The Mothership — Uncle Jam Wants Out

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 1 December 1979

Drummer Jerome Brailey and Horny Hornsman Fred Wesley have already quit Funkadelic – and now George Clinton is giving up live performances. Richard Grabel reports ...

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! ...

The Superstar: Much More Than The Just The music

Overview by Vernon Gibbs, Billboard, 5 June 1982

IT MAY be one of the most frequently misused of the music industry's accolades, since in a business full of stars there are few genuine ...

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: The Return Of Doctor Funkenstein

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 15 January 1983

Two years ago, George Clinton was freeing the galactic ass at the head of an unparalleled funk troupe – Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone, ...

George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1983

THERE ARE times when I think George Clinton puts out uneven albums just to piss the rest of the world off. I mean, there are ...

George Clinton: The Gangster Of Funk

Interview by Don Waller, L.A. Weekly, 3 March 1983

IF THE name George Clinton means anything to you, then you probably know him as Uncle Jam, the man with the plan, the songwriter-producer-vocalist-conceptualist for ...

George Clinton: the return of Dr. Funkenstein

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 23 June 1983

HEADS TURN when George Clinton enters a room. Any room. At the moment, the people in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel are staring ...

George Clinton: Putting On The Atomic Dog

Interview by John Morthland, Creem, July 1983

GEORGE CLINTON hunkers down into the couch in the conference room of Capitol's Manhattan offices, pours himself a tall noontime glass of orange juice, and ...

George Clinton: You Shouldn't Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 21 January 1984

WHATEVER faults there may be in George Clinton's music, a limited horizon is not one of them. ...

George Clinton: You Should Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, February 1984

FOR MORE than a decade George Clinton has been mingling sci-fi symbolism, technopop textures, topical satire and shake-yer-booty funk into a personal cosmology as exotic ...

P-Funk Allstars: Urban Dancefloor Guerillas (Epic Import)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 10 March 1984


George Clinton: You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, May 1984

I LIKE FISHING almost as much as I like music. Dealing with dumb, slimy creatures can get to be a way of life. George Clinton ...

George Clinton and Thomas Dolby: The Nut & The Nerd

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 20 July 1985

We're known as The Nut and The Nerd say George Clinton and Thomas Dolby, now together as DOLBY'S CUBE. Caroline Sullivan met this unlikely pair ...

Dog-Gone Dolby

Report and Interview by Max Bell, No. 1, 3 August 1985

Max Bell yaps with Thomas Dolby and George Clinton. ...

George Clinton: Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends (Capitol)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 14 September 1985

The joke's on you ...

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). ...

George Clinton: Electric Spankatizer Yeah

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, 1 August 1986


Parliament: Uncut Funk — The Bomb

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 6 September 1986

GEORGE CLINTON is one of the great people of the 20th century. Probably you know this already. He took the funk legacy of James Brown ...

George Clinton: Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

Interview by Kris Needs, Dance Music Report, October 1989

AT LAST it seems like George Clinton is getting some just recognition after about a quarter century of being funk's most colourful and innovative character. ...

George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 17 February 1990

GEORGE CLINTON once said, explaining his orchestration of an 18-piece band, "Offer great musicians the possibility of order and anarchy on the same plate, and ...

Funkadelic: Doctor Funkenstein, I Presume

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, December 1992

"Free your ass," he once advised the world, "and your mind will follow." Another song of his explored the fear of being eaten by a ...

Fresh funk keeps George Clinton cooking

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 5 March 1993

IF FRANK SINATRA was, by some chance, watching the Grammy telecast last week, he'd have likely poured himself another drink and muttered darkly into his ...

George Clinton: Hey Man, Smell My Finger (Paisley Park)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, November 1993

BEING THE mad Messiah of Funk and all, George Clinton could easily coast on his rep. Instead he's come up with the best album of ...

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 ...

Primal Scream and George Clinton: You're My Best Mate You Are

Report by Stuart Maconie, Q, May 1994

FORTY SECOND Street. Outside, Manhattan shivers and cowers beneath a coverlet of snow and prepares for the next much-forecasted blizzard. It's minus 10. Worse, there's ...

It's The 'Looza Baby, Why Don't You Kill It?

Report by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 30 July 1994

LOLLAPALOOZA once had the chance to be the greatest rock'n'roll circus the planet had ever seen. But, in spite of the live spectacle of VERVE, ...

Various Artists: Lollapalooza '94, Sam Boyd Stadium University of Nevada Las Vegas July 1,1994

Live Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 1994

THE DIFFERENCE between Lollapalooza 1994 and Lollapolooza Past is that this year Perry Farrell and colleagues decided the music being offered couldn't just be loud, ...

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 ...

George Clinton

Interview by Ben Thompson, The Independent, 8 June 1996

GEORGE CLINTON has learnt some things in five decades of music-making, and one of them is how to make an entrance. As the Clinton party ...

George Clinton: The Brother From Another Planet

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, September 1996

From the ancient civilization of Doo Wop he came, stopping off via Cosmic Soul and the Acid Rock asteroid to found the P-Funk Galaxy, his ...

George Clinton, the Reigning Hippie of Funk

Profile by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 27 October 1996

WHEN JERRY Garcia died last year and the Grateful Dead disbanded shortly thereafter, the question arose as to who would inherit the band's legacy of ...

George Clinton and his P-Funk All-Stars: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 28 January 1998

Groove doesn't go deep enough ...

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) ...

Keeping It Crazy: George Clinton Stirs Up the Funk

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 8 October 1999

WHEN THE NEXT millennium beckons, George Clinton — ageless funkateer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the Atomic Dog himself — will be in Fiji, ...

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. ...

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 ...

An Interview with George Clinton

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 2006

Mix Motown, acid, Jethro Tull and a guitarist in a nappy and you get George Clinton. But where now for the sage of Parliament/Funkadelic? "The ...

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 ...

George Clinton: Chocolate City – London/P-Funk Live At Metropolis

Review by Mat Snow, Q, July 2015

Bells-and-whistles souvenir party bag of funk's wild weekend. ...

Take The Power Back: Black Artist-Owned Labels

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Red Bull Academy Magazine, 25 January 2016

At the height of their careers, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, George Clinton and Prince all formed their own imprints. Michael Gonzales tells the ...

see also Brides of Funkenstein, The

see also Bootsy Collins

see also Funkadelic

see also Parliament


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