Monday, Nov. 24, 2008

Funkadelic Mothership

By David Luhrssen
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America wanted to be one nation under a groove during the Bicentennial Year and in music, George Clinton worked hard to make the dream a reality. In 1976 Clinton, already an R&B veteran, reached a career peak at the helm of Parliament Funkadelic. The Mothership Connection Live 1976, out now on DVD, is an audio-visual record of a concert by the funky touring band at its peak.

Aided by elaborated stage props and costumes, Clinton purveyed a fusion of what many saw as opposites, hard rock and soul, and wrapped it in a gonzo sci-fi Afro-centric pop mythology. The Mothership Connection shows P-Funk as Sun Ra for the arena rock generation.

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