Yet Another Sign of such a Growing Divided City

As Natalie Hopkinson, the author of the new book “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City”, continues her scheduled book signing tour, more signs of a city continually dividing rears its ugly head.  See below as Natalie recounts her book signing experience at the Politics and Prose book store: “A few minutes before my reading, store employee Marshall popped in my CD. Not 30 seconds into my go-go playlist, a white woman went to the cashier to complain. The song in question wasn’t even a go-go song. It was Parliament’s 1970s funk classic ‘Chocolate City’—a song … Continue reading Yet Another Sign of such a Growing Divided City

Legendary Parliament/Funkadelic Guitarist Garry Shider Dies at 56?

Original P-Funk Guitarist vocalist and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Garry “Diaper Man” AKA “Starchild” Shider, best known as the musical director of George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic bands, passed away of cancer yesterday, just a little over one month shy of his 57th birthday. Like many funk pioneers of the ’70s, Shider got his start by playing in church. As a teenager, he sang and performed in support of the Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Shirley Caesar, and other prominent gospel artists. Years later, singing far-out funk with Parliament, that gospel spirit was still evident in his vocal performances. … Continue reading Legendary Parliament/Funkadelic Guitarist Garry Shider Dies at 56?