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The Vietnam War and the civil rights movement inspire Funkadelic’s cataclysmic suite of funk and psychedelic rock on Maggot Brain. On the 10-minute opener, lead guitarist Eddie Hazel’s solo feels like an unhealed wound, setting the tone for this fiery protest album. The underlying political message of “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks” is unity, with George Clinton and company warning that distrust breeds discord. “Can You Get to That” offers a brief gospel-tinged respite from the barrage of ringing guitar feedback and hard, stutter-step drum rhythms.


Formed: 1968

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '10s

Though they often took a back seat to their sister group Parliament, Funkadelic furthered the notions of black rock begun by Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, blending elements of '60s psychedelia and blues plus the deep groove of soul and funk. The band pursued album statements of social/political commentary while Parliament stayed in the funk singles format, but Funkadelic nevertheless paralleled the more commercial group's success, especially in the late '70s when the interplay between bands moved the...
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