In a career made as much of music as ups and downs, the story of how one song revitalized George Clinton’s career is one of the most surprising.
Actually, twenty years have now passed since the legendary Gordon Parks photographed 177 hip-hop artists and collaborators in a single image in Harlem. It was a once-in-a-lifetime gathering. People are still talking about it. To celebrate the anniversary, here’s the story of what it was like from someone who was there.
“I’ve got this feeling that I really know New York very well and will be at home there.” A look back at the producer’s time in New York from 1978-1984:
“Within a few years of the Disc interview, he was spending extended periods of time in Manhattan. Then he moved wholesale and made New York his base for over half a decade. The ensuing period is without doubt the most fertile and impressive stretch of his life’s work, which included not just music but video art as well. Eno fed off New York’s border-crossing artistic energy, while catalyzing and contributing to it. There were also more playful ‘lifestyle’ reasons why Eno settled in Manhattan. ‘I moved to New York City because there are so many beautiful girls here,” he told Lester Bangs in 1979. “More than anywhere else in the world.'”