July 7th – August 3rd 2016

Day 16

July 22nd 1941
George Clinton’s Birthday

“Free your mind and your ass will follow, the kingdom of heaven is within.”
– George Clinton

George Clinton: Essential as a stimulus to current and future psychedelic artists and for forward-thinking poets and thinkers. George Clinton: Essential because the music that he made between 1970 and 1978 remains some of the most spectacular rock’n’roll ever achieved on record and is still necessary not only to black people but to a white psychedelic audience. Clinton dared demand of black listeners that they open their minds while simultaneously dancing more than they had ever danced. He laid claim to everybody’s black ass. He laid claim to ass. He was ever-prescriptive in his endorsement of the medical properties of funk. He likened it to an eternal bottle of milk: “Funk gets stronger by the hour. Funk can sit and sit and never go sour.”

Whereas New York’s The Last Poets were intellectuals who threw down the gauntlet to Black America with titles like ‘Niggers are Scared of Revolution’, Clinton was inclusive: his was a multi-age group that brought everybody in. The four singers were already in their 30s, whereas Funkadelic’s teen rhythm section and 17-year-old guitarist Eddie Hazel appealed to the Hendrix element. The sumptuously outlandish record sleeves – the sleeve notes, the hand-written lyrics, the overt demands of his meticulously laid-out ideas – were all prog-rock in their execution, allowing fans to share that hippie dream of reaching deeper into their culture than ever before.

When these first Funkadelic releases arrived, Clinton’s dazzling and demanding soup of funk, guitar-heavy hard rock and sensationally visionary lyrical content upped the ante like no black artist before or since. He did all of this while managing this errant posse of loco lunatics, bringing forth month after month, year after year, LPs, singles and tours for which he rarely had the funds. He did all of this without fear of the repercussions or implications to his brain and created for his audience an entire worldview, nay, an inner world, so cohesive and carefully written that the main sequence of Funkadelic LPs could even be argued to have religious significance. He was still paying for the Funkadelic tours of the late ’70s over twenty years later. Clinton was unequivocally saint-like – a fucking visionary. What a hero.

Today let’s listen to Funkadelic’s majestic magnum opus ‘Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow’. Will those gurus amongst you now please take up your lotus positions. Air guitarists must stand behind them so as not to put off their meditations. Air drummers, please refrain from huffing and puffing like cymbals.

Thu Thursday
Fri Friday
Sat Saturday
Sun Sunday
Mon Monday
Tue Tuesday
Wed Wednesday
Day 1: Thursday Jul :7th
Death of Syd Barrett
Day 2: Friday Jul :8th
Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Day 3: Saturday Jul :9th
Day 4: Sunday Jul :10th
Day 5: Monday Jul :11th
Day 6: Tuesday Jul :12th
Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday
Day 7: Wednesday Jul :13th
Day 8: Thursday Jul :14th
The Storming of the Bastille
Day 9: Friday Jul :15th
Roky Erickson’s Birthday
Day 10: Saturday Jul :16th
Day 11: Sunday Jul :17th
Day 12: Monday Jul :18th
Death of Nico
Day 13: Tuesday Jul :19th
Full Moon
Day 14: Wednesday Jul :20th
Death of Dieter Moebius
Day 15: Thursday Jul :21st
Day 16: Friday Jul :22nd
George Clinton’s Birthday
Day 17: Saturday Jul :23rd
Day 18: Sunday Jul :24th
Robert Graves’ Birthday
Day 19: Monday Jul :25th
Day 21: Wednesday Jul :27th
Day 22: Thursday Jul :28th
Day 23: Friday Jul :29th
Suicide of Vincent Van Gogh
Day 24: Saturday Jul :30th
Day 25: Sunday Jul :31st
Day 27: Tuesday Aug :2nd
Death of William S. Burroughs
Day 28: Wednesday Aug :3rd
Death of Arthur Lee