The History of Funk Music
During the 1970s this fun, futuristic and freaky music changed the streets of America with its outrageous
fashion, space-age vision and streetwise slang. But more than that, funk was a celebration of being black,
providing a platform for a new philosophy, belief system and lifestyle that was able to unite young black
Americans into taking pride in who they were.
Today, like blues and jazz, it is looked on as one of the great American musical cultures, its rhythms and
hooks reverberating throughout popular music. Without it hip-hop wouldn't have happened. Dance music
would have no groove. This documentary tells that story, exploring the music and artists who created a
positive soundtrack at a negative time for African-Americans.
Includes new interviews with George Clinton, Sly & the Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang,
War, Cameo, Ray Parker Jnr and trombonist Fred Wesley.