Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’ At 50: R&B, Psychedelic Rock And A Black Guitarist’s Cry

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They may be two of the most influential notes in funk-rock history: the soaring, plaintive start to guitarist Eddie Hazel’s legendary solo in Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.” The song, an audacious, emotive 10-minute-long bluesy ballad kicked off by a brief, eccentric poem from leader George Clinton, is centered on Hazel’s expansive fretwork. Clinton pulls the bass guitar and drums mostly out …

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