98% Funky Stuff by Maceo Parker
My Life in Music

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Mr. Parker paints a more sympathetic portrait of the two most famous other leaders he worked with, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, who headed up the various permutations of the group Parliament-Funkadelic.
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Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.
 

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Maceo Parker is a saxophone player who has contributed to the success of James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others and has had a solo career for the over 22 years. He lives in Kinston, North Carolina.
 
Published February 1, 2013 by Chicago Review Press. 218 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Will Friedwald on Mar 01 2013

Mr. Parker paints a more sympathetic portrait of the two most famous other leaders he worked with, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, who headed up the various permutations of the group Parliament-Funkadelic.

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