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ACM were pleased to offer students the latest instalment of the ACM @ Metropolis Masterclasses on Sunday 2nd February with American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer and the principal architect of P-Funk, George Clinton. This EXCLUSIVE masterclass session continued the recent ACM and Metropolis Partnership.
The masterclass session with George Clinton took place at Metropolis Studios in West London and allowed ACM students to meet George, ask questions and learn from one of the biggest names in the music performance industry.
About George Clinton
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead – and commercial success – of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called “Pfunk.” Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of “funk” music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.
Throughout his career, Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , and an MTV music video award, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. In 1997, Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In reviewing Clinton’s illustrious career and success as a producer / writer / performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form.
Read George Clinton’s Biography in Full.