The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a Hall of Fame Series interview with inductee George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. in the Museum’s Foster Theater.
Clinton will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Curatorial Director Howard Kramer. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. George Clinton is the founder and principal songwriter of Parliament-Funkadelic and has been a solo funk artist since the early 1980s. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone.
Inspired by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, George Clinton formed a doo wop group called the Parliaments as a teenager in New Jersey in the 1960s. The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1970. The two groups combined elements of bands and musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream and James Brown while exploring different sounds, technology, and lyricism. The group garnered more than 40 R&B hit singles (including three Number Ones) as well as three platinum albums. Since the 1980s, Clinton has been performing and recording as a solo artist and is considered to be one of the most sampled musicians of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with Parliament-Funkadelic and continues to tour solo and with the band throughout the world. In addition to his own music, Clinton has produced records for artists such as Bootsy Collins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has appeared in numerous films and television shows and is a longtime supporter and advocate of musician’s rights.
In conjunction with his Hall of Fame Series interview, George Clinton will perform with Parliament-Funkadelic at this year’s annual Family Unity in the Park Concert & Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 30. Located in Luke Easter Park at Kinsman and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, the concert is FREE and open to the public, and will also feature performances by Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players and Anthony David. Visit thefamilyunityinthepark.com for more information.
The Hall of Fame Series, which began in April 1996, is a cornerstone of the Museum’s curatorial and educational efforts. By bringing inductees to Cleveland (and occasionally to venues in other parts of the country) on a regular basis, the series offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Formats for these once-in-a-lifetime events have inspired spontaneous conversation and impromptu performances, special presentations, and audience-participation question and answer sessions. The series celebrates the careers of some of rock music’s biggest names and allows the public to learn about the history and influence of rock and roll from the people who made it. Each Hall of Fame Series is audio and/or videotaped for use in the Museum’s future Library and Archives.