From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

The emperor of intergalactic funk is out with a new memoir, and he has stories to tell. George Clinton’s life in music spans six decades, from doo-wop to hip-hop. Along the way, Clinton turned two bands — Parliament and Funkadelic — into a caravan of funkified soul, rock, science fiction and showbiz at its most outrageous, complete with a spaceship that lands onstage.In an interview with NPR’s Renee Montagne, Clinton says the end of the 1960s represented a tipping point for American black music, when Motown as a phenomenon had peaked and another sound was preparing to take over. He had spent the preceding years singing in a doo-wop vocal group and working in a barbershop. [Listen to NPR]