Watch: George Clinton Says, ‘We’ve Always Been Afropunk’

Musician George Clinton performs at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on Jan. 23, 2015, in California.
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George Clinton is not one to funk with.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has spent most of his life performing. First inspired by Frankie Lymon, Clinton got his start in the 1950s. And his iconic band, Parliament Funkadelic, came to prominence nearly two decades later.


At the time, Clinton created his own niche. “In the 1970s we were too black for white folks and too white for black folks,” Clinton told The Root. He and his band played what he describes as world music, which at the time was unfamiliar to many.

The Root caught up with “Dr. Funkenstein" himself, fresh off the Afropunk 2016 stage. It goes without saying that the 75-year-old hasn’t stopped yet.

Check out the full interview below:


Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.

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