This was the mother of all Mothership Connections. A wild ride inside the mind and music of P-Funk genius George Clinton, and the inside track on the influences and inspirations behind Parliament-Funkadelic’s most iconic songs.
The event kicked off with the best possible start to any weekend: a riotous show from Parliament-Funkadelic, led by Clinton himself (and featuring numerous veterans of the classic line-up) and very special guest Joss Stone (pictured with George, right). The evening offered a unique opportunity to watch Parliament-Funkadelic record a full set of their greatest material for a forthcoming DVD and TV special, in front of an intimate audience.
Saturday night was the ultimate treat for funk-loving audiophiles, as the band recorded a super-limited edition album direct to vinyl in Metropolis, one of the only studios in the UK equipped for recording live to vinyl, the highest possible quality form of recording there is. VIP guests sat in on rehearsals and witnessed how studio magic is made. They saw how the Metropolis engineers and producers captured lightning on lacquer and got an up-close look at the musical brilliance that marks Parliament-Funkadelic as one of the greatest live bands in history.
Finally, on Sunday, George Clinton provided mind food for budding producers, musicians and curious funk fans alike, as he deconstructed the original multitracks of some of P-Funk’s greatest works to reveal the studio secrets of how one of the tightest, wildest and most experimental bands in the universe put together their legendary jams.
Every guest was treated like a VIP, and different ticket tiers provided all kinds of amazing extras, including private signing sessions with George Clinton, private box seating with waiter service, a tour of the legendary Metropolis studios, and even the opportunity to include your name in the credits for the new live album and DVD.
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