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GIVING UP THE FUNK

ALMOST 50 YEARS AFTER George Clinton STARTED GATHERING ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE, HE’S HANGING UP HIS TOUR SHOES FOR GOOD. ON THE ROAD IN ATLANTA, DR. FUNKENSTEIN LOOKS BACK.

THE FUNK HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. Well, technically, the Funk has only retired to a room adjacent to the stage where his masseuse awaits. “I need my massage,” says George Clinton, founder of Parliament-Funkadelic. The musical pioneer is one of the most influential artists in history, with everyone from Prince—who inducted Clinton & Co. into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997—to generations of hip-hop artists, who’ve sampled his songs, giving props to the always colorful bandleader. Having wrestled with his share of demons, at 77,

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