Will The Funk Be Stolen Once Again?


I pledge allegiance to the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk.  I promise to funk One Nation Under a Groove, and to get down just for the funk of it.

Now that you know where I stand, let me tell you a tale of chasing the funk.  I remember clearly when the Mothership landed and dropped the stanky bomb all over the hood of San Francisco.  It was about 1976 — I never will forget.  It was my mother who turned me on (or out).  Soon as the ship landed, she got on board immediately, and so did the rest of us. I admit that it surprised me that my momma had no reservations about boarding this ship, being a souled out soul sister in love with Teddy and Al.  I decided at that point that she was as cool (and crazy) as any momma could be.

I do remember that the stank of the funk was so seductive, so addictive, so damned funky, yet so out of this world mad crazy to the verge of being ridiculous, that at first, in the beginning, before I would play the record I would first open my front door, look both ways, close the door, close the draperies on the windows, THEN take the album out and set it on the turntable and watch it burn up in flames!  I mean when you got a song called Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples, you GOT to look both ways lest you be deemed out of your doggone mind!  Especially when the lyrics were: Gaga goo ga, Gaga goo ga, Gaga goo ga ga!

But the Mother ship landed, yes it did, and George Clinton and his funkateers clones, and rubber fans was the BOMB!  Soon, I didnt have to be ashamed, because literally the entire ‘hood caught a whiff of that funk and it messed everybody up!  We were rendered defenseless, and could do nothing but whatever Dr. Funkenstein told us.

We love to funk you, Funkenstein
Your funk is the best (talk!)
Take my body, give it the mind
To funk with the rest (kiss me on my ego)
Hit me with the one and then
If you like, hit me again
We love to Funk-a-stein (ohhh, over!)

He just wanted us to know that he was in complete control and would not harm us.

Microbiologically speaking,
When I start churnin’, burnin’ and turnin’
I’ll make your atoms move so fast
Expandin’ your molecules
Causing a friction fire
Burnin’ you on your neutron
Causing you to scream
“Hit me in the proton, BABY!”

George is a living legend.  A lot of hip hop is build on the foundation of what George Clinton and his cadre of talented musicians built.  But no good deed goes unpunished.  Did you know that George has been waging a battle to regain rights over his catalogue which was stolen from him?  I had heard that he lost his publishing rights.  I heard that he sold them out from under himself.  I don’t know if that’s true or not. But even still, in terms of publishing rights, there is a time where those rights revert automatically to the original author.  For George, 2013 is the year to regain all his rights.  Back in 1977, 2013 seemed like a long time into the future for the thieves of the music industry.  But the time has arrived: 2013 is almost here, and do you know that the industry is fighting to change the law so that George still won’t be able to get back his catalogue of funk?

Davey D, of Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner blog sits down with George Clinton, our godfather of funk, and gets his take on hip hop and music in general.  He talks about how it started and why P-Funk has endured.  He talks about the artists he’s worked with and those he still would like to work with.  He talks about the battle he’s waging to get his extensive catalog back under his control and how we true funkateers can help rescue the funk.  It’s a shame when an artist works H.A.R.D. and puts forth his talents to the full, and thieves can enact laws that allow them to steal the artist’s work right out from under him, and in full view.  That right there needs to end.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. blackmystory says:

    Anna, thank you for this information, there are but a few of our performers who actually own the rights to their catalog. As far as i know Peter Tosh, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, little Richard (through Michael getting the Beatles collection) and Prince (during the symbol man days) are the ones I actually know about. You know what Michael and Peter have in common? Right, they are both dead. In the industry you are worth more dead than alive, that’s why Michael and Tupac are still making money. You remember when Michael waged a public war against Tommy Mattola and called him the devil? That is why.

    Unfortunately George’s addiction problem has also interfered with him getting his act together, but the rights was stolen back when it was Parliament Funkadelic, this was why he had to rename the band Funkadelic. I hope he gets it back, this could very well be another treasure lost to African people, stolen right from under our nose. I swear man; we really need some modern spook to sit by the door.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I agree that we need a spook sitting by the door. We need a spook in every government office, welfare office, city office, library, school administration, we need a whole lotta spooks. That would be mad crazy power right there.

  2. jjbrock says:

    Thanks for the info Anna I had no idea this happen to George Clinton. It’s such a shame that these shady managers and so called entertainment lawyers have a long reputation of taking advantage of people back in the day. Check out this clip where Sly Stone is suing for his royalties also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PdfeWSRUXC0#!

    I read that George, was recently awarded a doctorate from Berklee College of Music, and his net worth is estimated at $18 million by Forbes. I sure hope he is successful in getting his music catalog back.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Wow! That clip is something else. But whats more is the demonic nature of the Jerry Goldsteins of the world. They are devil incarnates, going about devouring what they will. How does one look at himself in the mirror when he sets out his day around figuring out ways to defraud many artists of their life’s work? Not only Sly Stone, but War, and a number of white bands from back in the day!!!

      Jerry Goldstein just goes about “legally” taking the artists royalties, but not only that, their royalties into perpetuity, borrowing on the future royalties! But not only that, taking the bands’ names from them as well, which makes sure the bands cant even ever use their own name in the future! How rich must one be? This goes far far far beyond greed, and into demonic possession. I hope the hottest place in hell is reserved to Jerry Goldstein. And we thought Charles Manson was bad.

  3. Reggie says:

    Interesting…………interesting post.

    I seem to remember the song “One nation under a groove” being so long that brothers and sisters were falling out from fatigue from just trying to finish the song.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      That would be “The Disco Version”!
      You had to be ready for the dance floor, or else just stay away from the dance floor. I made sure I ate my Wheaties, so I could hang for all those “Disco Versions” that started coming out.

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