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The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove
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A potent amalgam of propulsive beats, monster horn sections and eye-singeing fashion, funk set the States alight in the 1970s. Proto-funk sounds had already been shaped by the likes of James Brown on Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, but ensemble funketeers including Earth, Wind and Fire and Kool and the Gang picked up the genre and ran away with it — irresistibly.
The 9pm documentary, One Nation under a Groove, explores both funk’s origins in the black community at a time of social upheaval, and the ways that the genre was embellished. From the cool and controlled (Sly and the Family Stone) to the operatically eccentric (George Clinton), the music was always celebratory. Others who put the fun into funk interviewed here are the multi-ethnic War and trombonist Fred Wesley.
But that's not all. Genius of Funk at 10pm assembles performances from funk’s great and good.
Finally, at 11pm a Princely profile does its best to bottle the genius of His Purpleness.
Documentary examining the history of funk, starting from its birth in the black community at a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. The fun style of the music changed the streets of the US in the seventies with new trends in fashion and slang emerging, and its celebration of African-American culture. The genre produced some of the most famous acts in the world, such as James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Kool & the Gang. Including interviews with George Clinton, Ray Parker Jr and trombonist Fred Wesley.
Cast & Crew
Sly & the Family Stone
Earth, Wind & Fire
Kool & the Gang
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