Turning 70 in October, George Clinton is trying to show that funk has no age limit.
“Man, I’m having fun,” says Clinton, who pioneered the genre with groups such as Parliament, Funkadelic, the Brides of Funkenstein and the P-Funk All-Stars. “Just give me something to do. Give me something to talk about. To be able to have something to funk about at 70, this is good for me ’cause I just like having something to do.”
The fact is, Clinton — a onetime Detroit fixture who now resides in Tallahassee, Fla. — has plenty going on. He’s working on “tons” of new music, mostly with Ferndale-based producer Mark Bass at his FBT Studio; among the projects is a set of original material as well as a Funkadelic-style Motown covers album in collaboration with Sly Stone, who’s also working on his own material. Clinton has also launched a new website, www.funkprobosci.com, that not only offers music but also advocacy of federal House Resolution 848, an artists rights bill co-sponsored by Detroit Rep. John Conyers Jr., to protect and in many cases restore compensation and copyrights to performers.
Clinton, who’s mired in his own myriad of lawsuits over his music, says, “There’s a whole concept of educating ourselves on the business of music, the practice of how they do music today with copyrights and intellectual properties. Its so huge that we advocate education for anybody who has an interest in writing or singing or rhyming.
“The industry is uncontrolled. People can literally just walk in and take a copyright off somebody that’s living (or) dead ... and there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s wrong. This music we’ve made over all these years is too important to let them just have it. You can dance to it and all that, but you can’t let ’em own it if it’s yours.”
George Clinton, MC Hammer and Morris Day & the Time perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $30, $50 and $60 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-644-3556 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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