Ge­orge Clin­ton, mas­ter of funk, hosts book sign­ing in Wal­dorf

Makes stop to see fam­ily, fans at Lefty’s

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

Ac­cord­ing to global icon Ge­orge Clin­ton, “the funk is still alive,” and his trip to Wal­dorf was noth­ing short of funkadelic.

On Feb. 22, funka­teers from all over the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area swarmed Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf for a chance to meet Ge­orge Clin­ton, 76, and have him sign his mem­oir ti­tled, “Brothers be like, Ge­orge Ain’t This Funkin Kinda Hard On You?”

Clin­ton, founder of the band

Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic and au­thor of a new tell-all au­to­bi­og­ra­phy said the mem­oir was writ­ten with wit, hu­mor and can­dor. It pro­vides in­sight into Amer­ica’s mu­sic in­dus­try and how Clin­ton ded­i­cated him­self to spread­ing the gospel of funk mu­sic.

“It feels good to see the fans. [Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic] are still kick­ing it and mak­ing funky records. The young­sters are into funk now so it’s mak­ing a resur­gence,” Clin­ton said.

The book sign­ing was spon­sored by An­drews Fed­eral Credit Union in Wal­dorf and the first five guests who lined up at the book sign­ing re­ceived a com­pli­men­tary copy of the book. The event was one of Clin­ton’s first stops be­fore his head­lin­ing per­for­mance at The Howard The­atre on Thurs­day Feb. 23.

“Ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity is our part­ner in­clud­ing The Mane Floor Hair Stu­dio owned by Ge­orge Clin­ton’s fam­ily,” said branch man­ager Sasha Hard­ing. “He’s in town for the show at Howard The­atre so we wanted mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to come out for a book sign­ing at Lefty’s — a lo­cal staple in the county — and have some fun. I’m starstruck just be­ing here with the Ge­orge Clin­ton and the event had such a great turn out.”

Clin­ton rev­o­lu­tion­ized funk and came up with No. 1 sin­gles like “Flash Light” and “One Na­tion Un­der a Groove.” His first solo al­bum, “Com­puter Games,” fea­tured the No. 1 hit sin­gle ti­tled “Atomic Dog.” Clin­ton went on to re­lease new al­bums such as “500,000 Kilo­watts of P-Funk Power” and “Ge­orge Clin­ton and His Gang- sters of Love.”

Wal­dorf res­i­dent Can­dance Bise said her hus­band Jim­mie Bise is a huge fan of Ge­orge Clin­ton and he was smil­ing from ear to ear at the event.

“I have lis­tened to his mu­sic my whole life and I didn’t ex- pect him to say come on over, sit down and then he shook my hand,” Jim­mie said. “There should be 1,000 peo­ple here at this event be­cause he is a leg- end.”

“Ge­orge Clin­ton is a mu­si­cal ge­nius and I’ve been a die hard funka­teer for a long time,” said Fort Wash­ing­ton res­i­dent Brenda Robin­son, a pro­ducer of funka­teer events. “I find that funk has a spir­i­tual el­e­ment. Funk con­nects to all kinds of mu­sic — clas­si­cal, jazz, and coun­try. At con­certs funk also uni­fies peo­ple.”

Hugh­esville res­i­dent Don Dorsey is a life­long fan of Clin­ton who was left speech­less af­ter meet­ing the icon.

“I’ve seen him at the Cap­i­tal Cen­ter, the Warner The­atre — you name it, I’ve been there — and I al­ways said it would be cool if I got to meet him one day,” Dorsey said. “Meet­ing him in per­son to­day is the ul­ti­mate op­por­tu­nity. The fact that he has new mu­sic com­ing out, I’m in heaven again. It’s par- amount for him to keep funk alive for other gen­er­a­tions.”

Clin­ton was also seen at his fam­ily’s new hair salon, The Mane Floor Hair Stu­dio in Wal- dorf. He once owned a bar­ber­shop in Plain­field, N.J., dur­ing his ear­lier years so he was proud to see the fin­ished prod­uct of his fam­ily’s hair salon. Clin­ton said he en­joyed be­ing with his fam­ily in Wal­dorf be­cause they keep him en­er­gized and youth­ful, but his fam­ily be­lieves it’s the other way around.

“He has more en­ergy than most of us but it’s good to see that he is able to do what he loves to do. He has a se­ri­ous love and pas­sion for mu­sic,” said his daugh­ter Bar­barella Bishop, a Wal­dorf res­i­dent.

“He doesn’t stop work­ing be­cause his love for mu­sic keeps him go­ing. If he can do it, we can do it too,” said his grand­daugh­ter Shonda Clin­ton.

“Right now the fans are shocked that he’s in Wal­dorf but it’s good mo­ti­va­tion to have Ge­orge here to be closer with his fam­ily,” said Ja­son Dren­nen.

Clin­ton an­nounced that Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic is re­leas­ing a new al­bum this year called “Med­i­caid Fraud Dog.” The Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic tour is bring­ing a Mardi Gras theme to crowds across the east coast un­til March.

Clin­ton said “funk ain’t go­ing nowhere” and he’s stick­ing around to show the young folks how its done.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Ge­orge Clin­ton, founder of the band Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic, signs his book for a fan Wed­nes­day at Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf. His mem­oir is ti­tled, “Brothers be like, Ge­orge Ain’t This Funkin Kinda Hard On You?”

Fort Wash­ing­ton res­i­dent Brenda Robin­son, a pro­ducer of funka­teer events, poses with Ge­orge Clin­ton at Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf on Wed­nes­day.

Par­lia­ment-Funkadelic singer Ge­orge Clin­ton, 76, and his daugh­ter Bar­barella Bishop gave out copies of his tell-all au­to­bi­og­ra­phy ti­tled, “Brothers be like, Ge­orge Ain’t This Funkin Kinda Hard On You?” at Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf.

Wal­dorf res­i­dent Can­dance Bise and her hus­band Jim­mie Bise with Ge­orge Clin­ton at Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf on Wed­nes­day.

Hugh­esville res­i­dent Don Dorsey with Ge­orge Clin­ton at Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf on Wed­nes­day.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Tem­ple Hills res­i­dent Artemis Koger re­ceived a free T-shirt af­ter meet­ing Ge­orge Clin­ton dur­ing his book sign­ing at Lefty’s BBQ in Wal­dorf.

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