You'd expect George Clinton's autobiography to be funky, meandering, entertaining – and if you read Brothers Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? (written with Ben Greenman), you won't be disappointed. You might not expect it to be weighed down with epic tales of his legal troubles, like a late-era Lenny Bruce gig, but that turns out to be true as well.
Thankfully, before Clinton gets lost in a swamp of lawsuits and cocaine, he's got some great stories about leading Parliament-Funkadelic and becoming one of the funkiest men on the planet. Here are 10 of our favorites:
Up for the Down Stroke
When Clinton was growing up in Newark, New Jersey, in the Fifties, one of his formative influences was mambo. "Mambo was like our disco," he remembers. He studied how people dressed up for a night of mambo, and how sufficiently good dancers could cross gang lines. One of his unfulfilled musical ambitions: to cut a version of Tito Puente's "Coco Seco."