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By the end of the 1960s, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Frederick “Freddie Stone” Stewart, Rosemary “Rose Stone” Stewart, Cynthia Robinson, Larry Graham, Greg Errico, and Jerry Martini had become cornerstones within the psychedelic soul genre, which would become the foundation that funk music was built on. Behind the scenes, Sly Stone was the lustrous architect behind this groundbreaking sound sweeping the nation. As the Civil Rights Movement came to a close, the group decided to embrace a different creative direction both musically and lyrically. [check the whole article on WAXPOETICS]