Bootsy Collins believes “You need a higher education,” and to him that means attending his Funk University. If you are middle aged or older and don’t know Bootsy Collins’ music, perhaps you were never Funky enough to have an intimate relationship with the kind of music that slips inside your skin and demands you reveal your Funkiest dance moves.
Bootsy Collins (aka Bootzilla) and his brother, Catfish, grew to fame as members of James Brown’s band, the JBs. From there he played bass guitar with Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Parlaiment/Funkadelic. Together the two groups popularized the Funk style music that shook radio airwaves for over a decade. In 1997 Bootsy Collins and 11 members of the Parlaiment/Funkadelic crew were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Why Bootsy – Why Now?
Bootsy Collins believes now is the right time to share his Funk with a new generation; and he’s got a lot to offer. His music was innovative in the 70s; that was a long time ago, but he’s not one of those performers who faded into oblivion during the Disco era. Bootsy’s been active in movies, music and television; he performed at Woodswtock2, and you may have seen him sporting his trademark star-shaped glasses as he walked a red carpet or two.
If you saw My Super Ex Girlfriend, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Night at The Museum or a number of other movies; or if you’ve watched the FOX series, Glee, then you have heard Bootsy in the soundtracks. You would recognize his music from the hard driving beats, the bold bass guitar, the quirky lyrics…. and of course, the Funk.
For a better feel for the the man and his music, check him out at bootsycollins.com
Bootsy – Alive and Well and Living in Cincinnati
Bootsy is indeed the reigning king of Funk music; but to Cincinnatians, he’s a native son. On December 3, 2009, Bootsy was among those keeping a candlelight vigil acknowledging the 30th anniversary of the Who concert, where 11 were trampled to death in the worst concert tragedy in the country’s history.
In a recently televised Cincinnati public relations commercial, Bootsy is portrayed as a local attraction. Even Cincinnatians who haven’t yet dined at Bootsy’s Downtown Restaurant know all about his collaboration with local restaurantuer, Jeff Ruby.
In keeping with the latest trend in higher education, FU will be an online mix of classes presented by “Professor Bootsy Collins” and guest lecturers. According to his website, the online presentations will include’ video lectures, audio samples, articles, interactive questionnaires, recording advice and weekly lessons on music, discussions on rhythm and creativity from music’s finest.’ And there will be Funk of course.
FU is so worthy of note, ABC news included a 2 page article on their website and tweeted it to followers. Bootsy Collins …Professor Bootsy, is working hard to live up to the Funk University hype and keeping his Twitter followers informed every step of the way at twitter.com/Bootsy_Collins
Bootsy is all about the Funk; and that’s exactly what he intends to teach. In his mission statement on thefunkuniversity.com, he explains to musicians who he encourages to enroll, “you gotta bring some funk to get some funk.”
Funk University will go online July, 1, 2010. Will FU be successful? Well, according to Bootsy, “If you build it they will Funk.”
Author was “Funkified” by Bootsy’s music in the 70s