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George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars 

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A lot of the dance music coming out these days seems to be taking itself awfully seriously. The music industry, primarily via MTV and its offspring, has been selling us images of grave, sullen, brooding pop stars for so long that we've come to equate "seriousness" with depth and vision. But I think the real visionaries are often characterized by joy; they're seized by the levity that comes with enlightenment, a delight with the immensity and beauty of the mystery of life. It's just as true of George Clinton as it is of the Zen masters of Asia or of Shakespeare's Fool. That's why Clinton, with a mastery second only to that of James Brown, treats the funk as a sacrament to cure all earthly ills--and that's why Clinton has been pursuing the funk with such monomaniacal tenacity for more than 25 years. Friday and Saturday, China Club, 616 W. Fulton; 466-0400 or 466-0812.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Diem Jones.

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