George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Featuring George Clinton on his Final Australian Tour
With special guests Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be ensuring that all Aussie fans have one last chance to see George perform live in Australia this April before his Funk-a-thon farewell to the land down under. He is sure to ‘Tear The Roof Off’’ with his Funk-melodies which still have a major influence and inspiration for today’s Hip-Hop and RnB artists.
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionised R&B during the ‘70s, twisting soul music into Funk by adding influences from several late 1960s acid heroes such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled music during the ‘70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles and recording three platinum albums.
“…we’re immediately told there will be no sitting down tonight. They’re not kidding, either! George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s opening number is as energetic as any closing, encore track”. themusic.com.au
Born in Kannapolis, NC on July 22 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early 1950s. Basing his group on Frank Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair.
The early 1990s saw the rise of funk-inspired Rap and Funk Rock that re-established the status of Clinton as one of the most important forces in the recent history of black music. Clinton’s music then became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as artists from MC Hammer to Snoop Dogg depended heavily on the infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings.
“George Clinton is one of the most important musical figures in American history” The New Yorker
Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of Funk music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.
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