From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- The bands Parliament and Funkadelic are intrinsically linked and cannot be easily separated. This article provides an integrated history of both bands. For details on the individual bands, see the separate articles
Parliament-Funkadelic is a Funk music collective headed by George Clinton , that specialized in the style of music known as P Funk and performed under the names Parliament and Funkadelic (two bands comprised of the same members, recording for different labels), but also in a score of offshoot groups and solo ventures. Recording under a myriad of names, this group had thirteen Top Ten hits in the U.S. R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits in the R&B Charts. They were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Collectively, the group has existed under various names since the 1960s and has been known for top-notch musicianship, politically-charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums, and memorable live performances.
Today the band tours as either George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars or George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic.