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Augie’s gone. Where do the bop go?

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With great sadness, I just became aware of the fact that singer, songwriter, performer and producer Augie Johnson has passed away on October 10, 2014.

I interviewed him in Los Angeles in 1982 after the album „Make Mine Bop“ by Side Effects‚ side project L.A. Boppers blew me away. It featured one of my favorite jazz-funk-soul songs of all time: „Where Do the Bop Go“.

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Written by Peter Jebsen

26. Oktober 2014 at 7:25

R.I.P., Jack Bruce! (George Clinton on patching up things with Cream)

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Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian  Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

John Symon Asher „Jack“ Bruce passed away yesterday (Saturday, October 25, 2014) at age 71. In his just-released autobiography „Brothas Be, Yo, Like George, Ain’t That Funkin‘ Kinda Hard on You?“ Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton (73) remembers running into Cream’s founder member in the spring of 1993 – before and during the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

(…) Cream was inducted, which was a kind of brain twist: I got to watch two of my most important influences [Sly Stone was there as well – PJ] and think about the way that I had built Funkadelic on the intersection between their two bands. Jimi Hendrix had it right when he said that Cream was quitting just as everybody else was getting started. I also got to watch how a band acted when they put old rivalries and infighting behind them. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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26. Oktober 2014 at 3:59

George Clinton (72) on Quitting Drugs (plus new European Tour Dates)

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From the keynote interview at the Ibiza International Music Summit (May 2014)

Craig McLean (at 24:42): Did you get paid for all these samples?
George Clinton: Nooo … that’s what made me stop doing drugs. You can not be fucked up and not expect things to be fucked up, too. I’m saying that it took me 72 years to find that out. Plus: The drugs was no good. Wasn’t even good drugs by the time, you know. Then I realized; Damn, I’m not even high; plus, they done took all my money.

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Funky Luftbrücke from New Orleans nach Hamburg

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Wenn Moderatoren im Radio ihre Hörer grüßen, assoziiere ich das eher mit NDR-2-Sendungen, in denen Oma Martha den Enkeln, die nie anrufen, trotzdem alles Liebe wünscht. Kürzlich jedoch durfte ich mich selbst über einen solchen Gruß freuen – wobei die Freude besonders groß war, da sich hier eine meiner ältesten Passionen, nämlich Old-School-Funk, mit diesem neuen weltweiten Datennetz verband, von dem man heute so viel hört.

Sooo neu ist das natürlich nicht, denn per elektronischer Post habe ich seit Mitte der 90er Jahre Kontakt mit Melissa A. Weber (aka DJ Soul Sister), einer afroamerikanischen DJane in New Orleans. Sie und ich betrieben damals Websites, die sich um unsere Lieblingsmusik drehten: P-Funk (George Clinton / Parliament / Funkadelic / Bootsy Collins & Co.).
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George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic on Saturday Night Live (1986)

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IMHO, this is one of the best P.Funk performances ever shown on TV:

This video brings back very nice memories:

The Saturday Night Live show took place a few weeks after I did my George Clinton home story (here’s the German version).
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The Funky Farmer: George Clinton Home Story (1986)

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This is the English translation of a George Clinton home story which I did in 1986 when I was working as a music journalist (original German version):

One morning at 5 a.m. on the funky farm: sputter – sputter – zang – boom – crash. Strange sounds are emanating from the hall. A few minutes later George Clinton stands in the living room: „Damn, not even 4000 points! When I’m that bad, I know that it’s time to quit. Good night!“ A last disappointed look at the Galaxian video game, and Clinton disappears into the bedroom. In the neighborhood the first cocks are crowing.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

27. Mai 2009 at 21:07

Meine persönlichen musikalischen Jahresend-Charts 2008

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Rein quantitativ (also laut iTunes- und iPod-Wiedergabestatistik, die von Last.FM erfasst wurde) waren folgende Künstler und Songs meine Favoriten:

Künstler

1: Bobby Bare (341 gespielte Songs)
2: Udo Lindenberg (265)
[Hängt mit dem Comeback-Album „Stark wie Zwei“ zusammen.]
3: Johnny „Guitar“ Watson (211)
4: Chas ’n‘ Dave (196)
5: Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes (188)
6: Bobby Womack (177)
7: Millie Jackson (171)
8: Parliament (156)
9: The Mavericks (149)
10: Take 6 (143)
11: A.R. Rahman (134)
12: George Clinton (125)
12: Peter Kraus (125)
12: Bootsy Collins (125)
15: George Duke (123)
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Funky Farmer George Clinton

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George Clinton w/Drugs and 420 Funk Mob

George Clinton ist mein absoluter Lieblingsmusiker, und die zahlreichen Formationen seines Parliament/Funkadelic-Kollektivs sind meine absoluten Lieblings-Bands.

Der Mann ist ein Phänomen: Er ist seit über 50 Jahren im Musikgeschäft und hat seitdem den unterschiedlichsten Musikrichtungen seinen individuellen Stempel aufgedrückt; von Doo Wop bis Hip-Hop, von Funk bis Rock.
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21. Mai 2008 at 23:22

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