Gnarly funk grandaddy George Clinton.
William Thoren

George Clinton at Revolution Live October 25

Though he's replaced his hobo-chic regalia and trademark multicolored hair with custom-fit three-piece suits and elegant fedoras, George Clinton is still the gnarliest granddaddy in music. Not many folks can function in the midst of a perpetual acid trip like the one Clinton's seemingly been on since the 1960s, especially while piloting a funky musical mothership. "Love what you're doing," Clinton told students at Berklee College of Music earlier this year, according to WBUR, Boston's NPR member station. "If you love what you're doing, it's not a job." This past February, Berklee presented the dapper 71-year-old Godfather of Funk with an honorary doctorate degree for more than four decades' worth of contributions to music. "To me, the funk music lifestyle is do the best you can, and after that, funk it," Clinton said. "That's playing in a band, you go to school, learn all the technology, the intellectual part of the music. But when you get right down to it, funk it."


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