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The opening sequence of Finding the Funk, VH1’s documentary (Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET/PT) mining the roots of every grooved song’s bottom, is both inspired and inevitable.
Sitting on a stool is a dapper Godfather of Soul,James Brown. But a funk-boss moniker is just as apt, we soon learn. The vintage footage shows Brown describing how he pulled aside a young new bass player named Bootsy Collins and schooled him on “the one,” that all-important first-note emphasis that makes funk funky.
Collins then explains how he brought that gospel-of-the-one from Brown’s epic band to George Clinton’sParliament Funkadelic, a seminal if eclectic ’70s outfit that in turn spawned a host of funkified disciples ranging from Earth Wind & Fire to theBeastie Boys.
All of which to say that journalist-turned-filmmaker Nelson George’s documentary, narrated by Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, is a long overdue tribute to a musical seed that continues to grow, flowering most recently in this year’s Grammy-lauded Daft Punk retro-hit, Get Lucky, produced by none other than devoted funkmaster Nile Rodgers, another Finding the Funk interviewee. FULL ARTICLE
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