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Sly Stone Homeless

Sly smoked all the money…

Homeless Sly Stone Living in Camper, Still Recording Music

Sly Stone

Sad news out of today’s New York Post: Sly Stone, the mastermind behind the legendary psychedelic soul-funk outfit Sly & the Family Stone, has been reduced to living in a van in Los Angeles, eating meals given to him by a retired couple.

As the Post reports, the musician born Sylvester Stewart has been plagued by drug abuse and bad financial decisions. Back in the ’80s, he sold Michael Jackson his publishing rights for $1 million, and last year, he filed a $50 million lawsuit against manager Jerry Goldstein, who he claims cheated him out of two decades of royalty payments. Earlier this year, he was arrested for possession of freebase cocaine.

Since his heyday in the late ’60s and early ’70s — when he scored hits with such songs as ‘Everyday People’ and ‘Family Affair’ — Stone has been one of music’s most notorious recluses. After a performance in 1987, he disappeared from the public eye, resurfacing 19 years later for a brief, head-scratching cameo at a 2006 Grammy tribute. He toured Europe the following year, but according to the Post, he’s now a “disheveled, paranoid” shell of his former self.

On the bright side, Stone has been recording new music, and while he’s hesitant to trust managers or record labels, there’s still a chance his new songs will see the light of day.

“My music is a format that will encourage you to have a song you won’t forget,” he told the Post. “That’s why I got so much money, that there are so many people around, and that’s why I am in court. Millions of dollars!”

“But now please tell everybody, please, to give me a job, play my music,” he added. “I’m tired of all this s–t, man.”

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Sly Stone… Back?

New Album From Sly Stone: 'I'm Back!'Psychedelic funkmeister Sly Stone – Formerly of Sly and the Family Stone is back with his first album in over 25 years… This time on Cleopatra Records. Stone’s last release was in 1982.

Let’s hope in the intervening 29 years, that if he decides to take this show on the  road – he’s learned to show up at concerts where he’s supposed to play.

New Album From Sly Stone: ‘I’m Back!’

Psychedelic-funk powerhouse Sly Stone is back with his 13th studio album, I’m Back! Family and Friends. His latest album features collaborations with rock heavyweights like Bootsy Collins and the Door’s Ray Manzarek, as well as re-recorded Sly and the Family Stone hits, such as “Family Affair” and “Everyday People.” Sly also recorded three new tracks for his first studio album in about two decades.

Apparently the new Doo'!

I’m Back! Family and Friends is Sly Stone’s first album since he moved from his major recording label to Los Angeles’ indie label Cleopatra Records. I’m Back! Family and Friends comes out Aug. 16.

A little advice for our misguided President –

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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