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Sly & the Family Stone

Sly & the Family Stone

In the late Sixties and early Seventies, Sly & the Family Stone fused R&B rhythms, radio-ready hooks and psychedelia to create a new pop/soul/rock hybrid. The band’s bright, catchy songs artfully took on racism and other political issues and influenced pop artists like Prince to Rick James. From the Nineties forward, legions of artists — including Public Enemy, Fatboy Slim, Beck and many others — mined Sly’s catalogue for samples.

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