Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sly fox

At Vanity Fair David Kamp has written a nifty portrait of Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone. Sly and his outfit the Family Stone have left musical fingerprints all over the place: Sesame Street, blaxploitation soundtracks, and Prince are just starters.

The article goes over some bad times in the seventies, when the music stayed good until it wasn't. But it's not depressing. The man is cogent and fit, even if the accompanying picture does look distressingly like Flava Flav in Death Race 2000. And he seems to be coming back out of his shell as a musician too. So there's reason for hope here.

And if you doubt the thing about Sesame Street, check this out.

1 comment:

Eddie Santiago said...

Thanks for the post on the Vanity Fair article. It was nice to see Sly in a major magazine looking good and sounding in good spirits. Let's hope the second half of '08 brings good things for Sly and his fans. I hope you'll check out my book Sly: the Lives of Sylvester Stewart and Sly Stone.