Back From The Dark Star, George Clinton's Mothership Lands In New York

Oct 28, 2017

This freaky son of Newark, N.J. didn't always used to funk it up. Back when he was working in a barbershop, he was influenced by a lot of jazz, and aspiring to be a famous doo-wop singer. 

"Our customers were James Moody; I delivered milk to Sarah Vaughan," he says. "Wayne Shorter lived on Huntington Street. I lived on Bergen street, one block apart. Larry Young Jr., I remember when he sang doo-wop."

Clinton, the front man and founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, joins DJ Soul Sister from New Orleans to talk about his roots — as told in his memoir (now out in paperback) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?

On Tuesday, Parliament-Funkadelic performs its second annual NYC Halloween Funkdown at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Subscribe to the Checkout podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.