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Funkadelic

About Funkadelic

Led by George Clinton, Funkadelic is an American band credited as pioneering psychedelic funk music, and the funk music culture of the 1970’s. The band was originally formed as an unnamed backing group for its sister act, Parliament. Bassist Billy Nelson later suggested the name Funkadelic as a reflection of psychedelic culture.

Over the course of their career, Funkadelic released sixteen studio albums – the first three (Funkadelic, Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow, and Maggot Brain) had limited commercial potential, displaying strong psychedelic influences that would later influence funk, rock, and hip-hop artists. Funkadelic’s most successful album, One Nation Under a Groove, is critically acclaimed as the “greatest funk album of all time” and is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

During the early 1990’s, the status of George Clinton and Funkadelic was re-established, placing them among the most important forces in the recent history of black music. This resurgence in popularity was mainly prompted by the rise of funk rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and funk-inspired rap (Dr. Dre, Digital Underground, Warren G.).