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Sly and the family Stone

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    George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic)
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Hall of Fame Essay


Harry Weigner

Sly Stone was very cool. Shirtless, vested, the languorous look, one eye cocked, mouth half-open as if caught laugh­ing at his own joke. Freddie, Rosie, Gregg, Larry, Cynthia and Jerry were the Family, and we were the children.

The bikers, the stoners, a butcher, a banker, the long­haired hippies and the Afro-ed blacks, we were all Everyday  People. Sly Stone alone created that mix. And when he raised two long fingers skyward at Woodstock, we went wherever he wanted to take us  —  literally, spiritually, eventually.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1993
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1993 Inductees Sly and the Family Stone

the baddest sucker I’ve ever heard in my life.

George Clinton

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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