Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic | Chicago Reader

Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton, the mastermind behind the 70s musical collective Parliament-Funkadelic, is notably absent from this documentary, in which past employees accuse him of epic chicanery. P-Funk began in the 60s as a New Jersey doo-wop group called the Parliaments, who were signed to Motown at one point; they never released anything on the label, but as the film indicates, Clinton took a cue from founder Berry Gordy, setting himself up as a high-rolling music impresario with Parliament, the trippier Funkadelic, and such popular side groups as Bootsy’s Rubber Band and the Brides of Funkenstein. Clinton wasn't exactly a model boss—one musician says he got paid in cocaine; another remembers playing 55 shows in 61 days and ending up with a bus ticket and a $20 bill—and the stories of economic exploitation sit uneasily with the band's onstage ethos of collective euphoria. Bobby J. Brown directed.

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