George Clinton And Parliament-Funkadelic: One Nation Under P-Funk

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Left: George Clinton on the cover of Parliament's 1976 album The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein. Right: bassist Bootsy Collins in 1977. Sources: ( Michael Ochs Archives, Stringer, Getty)

The groovy, trippy late '60s sure did a number on rock 'n roll, but that's not the only musical genre that had its mind blown. The psychedelic descendant of soul and R&B music was P-Funk, which stands for psychedelic funk, pure funk, Plainfield Funk -- and can also be a shorthand for the collective at its center, Parliament-Funkadelic. George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Eddie Hazel, Garry Shider, and other musicians combined psychedelic rock and bottom-heavy soul rhythms to create anything-goes, booty-shaking music and party atmosphere summed up in one word: funk. In the P-Funk world of Parliament-Funkadelic, funk was everything; music and style should be funky, and when in doubt, add more funk.