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Bootsy Collins Launches Funk University

May 12th, 2010 9:08am EDT
Bootsy Collins
Funk legend Bootsy Collins is launching the first ever online guitar school for bassists.

The star, who rose to fame as a member of James Brown's backing band The J.B.'s, has founded Funk University, an institution which will teach musicians of all levels, from intermediate to advanced.

Collins will serve as the school's head professor and wannabe students have been invited to enroll at TheFunkUniversity.com.

In a statement, he says, "The best day of my life was when I graduated from university. The next best day of my life will be to see students graduate from F.U. (Funk University)....
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Saul Williams Discusses New Album 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust'

November 21st, 2007 12:44pm EST
Saul Williams
Saul Williams's The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is all about, "Transcending those labels, borders, and boundaries that pigeonhole us." Saul manages to do this not just in the album's concept or its genre defying sound, but by releasing the album straight to the public for either the low price of five dollars or for free. In this Starpulse Q and A, Williams elucidates the album's deeper meaning and reveals that Niggy's got more in common with Parliament's Starchild than Bowie's starman, a truly funky development.

How do you feel about people's reaction and receptio...
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'Mix Tape' Soundtrack To 'Mr. Untouchable' Doc. Loaded With Remixed 70s Gems

November 1st, 2007 9:14pm EDT
Mr. Untouchable
The true-life story of Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, Mr. Untouchable takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable."

Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and Barnes found himself serving a life sentence withou...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 26

October 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jon Heder
Happy Birthday to "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder (1977), "Family Guy" animator and creator Seth MacFarlane (1973), Grammy nominated Country singer Keith Urban (1967), solo artist and former 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant (1963), actor and star of "The Princess Bride" Cary Elwes (1962), "The Practice" star Dylan McDermott (1961), "The Love Boat" cruise director Lauren Tewes (1962), funk bassist Bootsy Collins (1951), original "Charlie's Angel" Jaclyn Smith (1947), U.S. Senator and former First Lady Hilary Clinton (1947), "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak (1946), star of "Who...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 26

October 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Dylan McDermott
Happy Birthday to "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder (1977), "Family Guy" animator and creator Seth MacFarlane (1973), Grammy nominated Country singer Keith Urban (1967), solo artist and former 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant (1963), actor and star of "The Princess Bride" Cary Elwes (1962), "The Practice" star Dylan McDermott (1961), "The Love Boat" cruise director Lauren Tewes (1962), funk bassist Bootsy Collins (1951), original "Charlie's Angel" Jaclyn Smith (1947), U.S. Senator and former First Lady Hilary Clinton (1947), "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak (1946), star of "Who...
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"What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977)" Spotlights Funk's Foundation; Listen Here

September 26th, 2006 4:37pm EDT
What It Is
Right on. Right on. Nothing puts a dip in your hip and a glide in your stride quite like a gritty funk groove that hits the beat hard on the one. The polyrhythmic kissing cousin of classic soul and R&B, funk's sinuous slap-bass lines and booming kick drums from its heyday in the late '60s through the late '70s went on to inspire a generation of hip-hop heads. Rhino rocks funk's foundation with a four-disc collection of rump-shaking beats and hard-to-find pimpalicious jams that don't fake the funk. What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) will be available October 3.

This com...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 26

October 26th, 2005 10:00am EDT
Dylan McDermott
Happy Birthday to "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder (1977), "Family Guy" animator and creator Seth MacFarlane (1973), Grammy nominated Country singer Keith Urban (1967), solo artist and former 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant (1963), actor and star of "The Princess Bride" Cary Elwes (1962), "The Practice" star Dylan McDermott (1961), "The Love Boat" cruise director Lauren Tewes (1962), funk bassist Bootsy Collins (1951), original "Charlie's Angel" Jaclyn Smith (1947), U.S. Senator and former First Lady Hilary Clinton (1947), "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak (1946), star of "Who...
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