Bootsy Collins “World Wide Funk” Signing in Los Angeles, CA

Bootsy Collins, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be signing copies of “World Wide Funk” in Los Angeles, CA this month.


1/31/18 6:00 PM
Amoeba Music
Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA.

About Bootsy Collins:

William Earl “Bootsy” Collins (born October 26, 1951) is an American musician and singer-songwriter.

Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins’s driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

About World Wide Funk:

World Wide Funk was recorded at Collins’ own Re-Hab Studio in his native Cincinnati, although not all his collaborators showed up at his doorstep. Many sent in their parts remotely, though you could hardly tell. The album’s title track features beatboxing pioneer Doug E. Fresh, former Guns N’ Roses guitar wizard Buckethead, and rising funk bassist Alissia Benveniste — a crew that coheres seamlessly on a joyous, party-funk workout. Snoop Dogg makes an assist on “Hi-On-Heels,” a smoldering R&B plea for sensuous release that also features singer October London unleashing the power of his considerable charisma. Laidback and tastefully tuneful, it counterbalances more freewheeling tracks such as “Bass-Rigged-System,” a veritable super-summit of bassist starring Collins, Benveniste, Béla Fleck And The Flecktones’ Victor Wooten, Ivorian virtuoso Manou Gallo, and jazz legend Stanley Clarke of Return To Forever. Even with that much low end being detonated at once, the song bounces along on immaculate grooves, fuzzed-out licks, and a good-natured, round-robin show of solidarity.

Chambers isn’t the only former P-Funk member who appears on the album. The late keyboard genius Bernie Worrell, who died in 2016, is both the subject and star of “A Salute To Bernie.” Collins assembled the song using synthesizer tracks that Worrell had recorded in the early ’00s but left unused. Worrell’s imprint is unmistakable — but where his whirring synth vamps turned classics like Parliament’s “Flash Light” and Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under A Groove” into sensory-overload jams, here his keys are layered over a tender, mournful elegy to a departed friend. Speaking of “A Salute To Bernie,” Collins recently said, “The track I picked felt like Bernie speaking, which was his favorite way of communicating. I felt Bernie’s presence.”

Collins is doubtlessly the ringleader of World Wide Funk, but the album’s bonhomie is a testament to how even the most ferociously gifted and exhibitionist funkster can age gracefully and poignantly.

Book Signings in Pictures

Get free book signing news and alerts!

Conversation: Post a comment or ask a question