19 items from 2011
Happy birthday to bass player extraordinaire and cultural icon Bootsy Collins, who turns 60 today. As this tribute in the Cincinnati City Beat notes, the Parliament Funkadelic member (and Bootsy’s Rubber Band leader) is perhaps the most sampled bass player in history. Below is the TV1 documentary on Collins, a performance with James Brown, and a clip with George Clinton and Snoop Dogg. »
- Scott Macaulay
From Public Enemy to P Diddy, a new TV documentary charts how anger, sex and bling turned rap into a global phenomenon
It's 1989 and I'm hangin' tough with my £11.99 skateboard from Argos and a bright yellow Sony Walkman in Stanmore, a leafy suburb of north London where the most ghetto it gets is an overdue library book. I flip over a cassette of the most important album since Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (though I don't think such portentous thoughts then: just that A-Ha suddenly don't sound too amazing). It's Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet, and the Malthusian apocalypse for whitey it paints over 47 minutes is quite unlike anything recorded before or since.
The inherent ludicrousness of Public Enemy appealing to a clueless white teenager didn't bother me or my best friend James, who from that moment on understood the significance of street justice, the urgency of the black revolution that we, »
- Jacques Peretti
A shooting at a George Clinton gig has left one person dead and three others injured. The funk legend was performing with his groups Parliament and Funkadelic at the Family Unity in the Park event in Ohio last night when a gunman opened fire, according to TMZ. Police have reportedly confirmed that a 16-year-old was shot in the head, with two others shot in the leg and another hit in the neck. So far, (more) »
- By Tom Eames
By Zachary Swickey
Several shots were fired during a confrontation at an outdoor music festival featuring funk act George Clinton as the headliner, leaving one person dead and wounding three others.
The fight occurred around 10Pm at an intersection near Luke Easter Park in Cleveland, Ohio, where the “Unity in the Park” music festival was taking place. Authorities are on the lookout for a male suspect who pulled out a handgun and fired it into a group of people Saturday night. So far no arrests have been made.
“It was a large fight. Somebody in the crowd produced a handgun and fired several times,” Sgt. Sammy Morris told the Associated Press.
A 16-year-old boy passed away from a gunshot wound to the head, and a 20-year-old woman was critically injured with a wound to the neck. A statement from police also states a 14-year-old boy and 23-year-old man were also hospitalized, »
- MTV News
Washington, Aug 1 (Ians/Efe) A 16-year-old boy died and three people were wounded on the weekend when gunfire erupted in Cleveland, Ohio, after a concert by funk star George Clinton, a media report said Sunday.
The teenager, who was shot in the head, died shortly after being transported to the MetroHealth Medical Center, according to Cleveland police Sgt. Sammy Morris.
The condition of the other three victims is not known, but they remain in the hospital and include a 20-year-old woman who was shot in the neck, reported. »
- Abhijeet Sen
George Clinton's "Unity in the Park" concert last night in Cleveland ended with a teenager dead, and three others wounded. According to the police, after a fight broke out at the concert, a gunmen shot a 16-year-old boy in the head, a 20-year-old woman in the neck, and a 14-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man in their legs. All four of the gunshot victims were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. The 16-year-old died from the shooting. »
- Michael Lewittes
One person was killed and three others were shot after a fight broke out following a George Clinton concert in Cleveland last night, police tell TMZ. Clinton performed at something called the eighth annual "Unity in the Park" festival, a free, day-long music event, which featured George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic as the headlining act. According to police, four people suffered bullet wounds after someone opened fire in the crowd. A 16-year-old was shot in the head, »
- TMZ Staff
Snoop Dogg has admitted that he would like to spend his upcoming 40th birthday celebrations visiting his grandma. The hip-hop star, who will headline London's Lovebox festival on July 16, revealed that he enjoys planning his wife and grandmother's birthdays more than his own. "More people worry about my birthday than I do," Snoop told the Daily Star. "I'm more concerned about my grandmother's birthday, my wife's birthday. I'm more about giving. "I'm not into doing things for myself because a lot of great things have already happened to me. To be alive and spend time with grandma is enough." The 'Sweat' rapper also revealed that he is thinking about new film projects, including one about music legend George Clinton. "A George Clinton movie would be awesome. I'd love to play Bootsy [Collins]. I was just (more) »
- By Lewis Corner
Lauren Laverne has laughed off the internet response to Zane Lowe appearing to mock her summary of Beyoncé's headlining set at Glastonbury. The former Kenickie singer compared Beyoncé's performance to classic disco and George Clinton's Parliament in a minute-long monologue about the ex-Destiny's Child star's set. When asked to give his opinion in the final few seconds of the link, Lowe burst into giggles before cueing up the next live clip. Watch the video of Lauren Laverne and Zane Lowe talking about Beyoncé at Glastonbury below: The incident caused both Laverne and Lowe's names to trend on Twitter and Laverne expressed surprise (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Getty Ben Sollee
The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, one of the world’s great rock events, kicks off its 10th annual gala on today in Manchester, Tn. By the time it ends in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning, some 170 artists will have performed including Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, Eminem, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Lil Wayne, Loretta Lynn, My Morning Jacket, Robert Plant and Band of Joy, and the Strokes. Vevo will stream video of many sets »
- Jim Fusilli
By Zachary Swickey
Great news, cultural anthropologists: The 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos is just around the corner, and this year, it looks like it's going to be bigger (and slightly more terrifying) than ever!
Or at least that's what we're gathering from the epic infomercial the Insane Clown Posse just unveiled for this year's Gathering, a "Star-Wars" themed mini-movie that features "Hatchet Happenings" correspondents Sweet Sugar Slam, DJ Clay and, uh, Vanilla Ice wearing alien makeup and shouting a lot (and, it should be noted, when he's screaming lines like "We talkin' about good times and hard rhymes, motherf----!" Ice's commitment to the role approaches Daniel Day-Lewis levels of intensity), not to mention the lineup itself, which, no lie, is actually pretty amazing.
Sure, there's the usual assortment of creatively-named Psychopathic Records acts on the bill (Twiztid, Boondox, Blaze Ya Dead Homie) and a weekend-capping performance from Icp themselves, but »
- MTV News
Legendary funkmaster George Clinton -- leader of the Parliament-Funkadelic -- is being hospitalized for a staph infection in his leg ... TMZ has learned. Clinton's rep tells us ... 69-year-old George went to see his doctor for a routine check-up when the decision was made to keep him in the facility so Clinton could receive proper treatment for a staph infection in one of his legs. The rep adds, "He will be just fine. Thank you for all your prayers and concern. »
- TMZ Staff
New York based Oscilloscope Pictures has picked up the SXSW doc The Other F Word, about Jim Lindberg from the seminal skate-punk band Pennywise and a bunch of other rockers (Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Tony Hawk, Mark Mothersbaugh, Rancid’s Lars Fredriksen, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and examines what happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians become society’s ultimate authorities – dads.
What happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — dads? With a large chorus of Punk Rock’s leading men – Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath- The Other F Word follows, Jim Lindberg, 20-year veteran of skate punk band, Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band’s anthem, ‘Fuck Authority’, to embracing his ultimately pivotal authoritarian role in mid-life, fatherhood.
Here is a clip »
- Melissa Howland
The Smithsonian is about to get a whole lot funkier. The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership is going to anchor the music collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens in 2015, reports the Washington Post . While not the original, 1,200-pound aluminum spaceship—that one was sent to the scrap yard in 1982 when the band was swimming in debt, so the museum is getting a 1990s replacement—the Mothership was an essential part of the iconic funk band's stage shows since 1976. “I’m about to cry!” said P-Funk frontman George Clinton. "They’re taking the »
- Mark Russell
The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: La on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7), New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6). Sundance Institute's exec director Keri Putnam says: “Sundance Institute has long been committed to enhancing the role of music in film year-round, whether through our Labs, international collaborations or through direct consultations with filmmakers. We are excited to bring our Composers Lab model to La to give aspiring film composers the chance to learn from experts in »
The story of Ghanaian featherweight boxer Azumah Nelson is brought to life with play by play footage of both his most glorious and humbling fights in the documentary Zoom Zoom – The Professor.
The film’s producer Sam Kessie came upon the project by chance a few years ago. A fortuitous meeting with a mutual friend opened a door to a partnership between Sam and Azumah in documenting his important legacy.
The end result is a clear and concise film honoring the great boxer, and a wonderful visual message to young the men who have joined the Azumah Foundation in hopes of one day repeating the namesake’s success.
Sam Kessie was born in London and raised there until she was eight, her family returned to Ghana thereafter. On the track to study various disciplines of science and math, Sam left Ghana for the United States to attend college in Wisconsin, »
Kanye West and Mary J Blige are to headline the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, it has been announced. The AP reports that Blige and West will be among more than 20 artists who will perform during the three-day event in July. The expanded lineup includes 'Bottoms Up' singer Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray and American Idol's third season winner Fantasia Barrino. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic (more) »
- By Justin Harp
New Orleans (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott and Kanye West are among the headliners for the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., says the lineup also will include Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Stephanie Mills, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle, Mint Condition, Kelly Price, M.C. Lyte and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Ebanks said Wednesday that the lineup includes musicians who fans asked to see. She says more artists will be added for the festival, which will be held July 1-3 in the Louisiana Superdome. A »
- AP Staff
Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins has assembled a formidable cast of both musical and non-musical names for his forthcoming album. Tha Funk Capitol of the World features guest spots from ‘70s legends like Bobby Womack, George Clinton and Bootsy’s brother, “Catfish” Collins, and contemporary rappers like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Chuck D. Collins has also pulled performers from myriad genres like Buckethead and Bela Fleck as well as talents of other disciplines like Samuel L. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. The voice of Jimi Hendrix can be heard speaking on a track as well. »
19 items from 2011
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