Bootsy Collins is one of the more colorful personalities in the history of funk. Collins is known for his star-shaped sunglasses (and bass) and glittery stage outfits, in addition to playing in bands like Parliament-Funkadelic and alongside George Clinton. Some fans, however, may not know that Bootsy and his brother, Phelps “Catfish” Collins, were once hired by James Brown to be his new backing back beginning in 1970. The professional relationship lasted for less than a year, although part of Collins’ departure was more about the wonders of psychedelic drugs than the actual music itself.In a 2017 interview with British publication The Guardian, Collins explained that LSD, the same driving force behind some of the early evolution of the Grateful Dead, caused some friction between the funk bassist and the “Godfather of Soul.”“LSD was a big part of why I left James Brown’s band,” Collins admits. “I promised myself I’d never do it during a show, but we had a father-son relationship, and he pestered me so much not to do it that one day I just did. My bass turned into a snake and I can’t even remember playing. After, he called me in the back room, as he always did, and was explaining how terrible I was – even when I wasn’t taking LSD. I laughed so hard I was on the floor. To him, that was very disrespectful. He had his bodyguard throw me out.”Related: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Join Red Hot Chili Peppers In BrisbaneCollins also went on to share some of the wild stories from his years in Parliament-Funkadelic, adding, “My time in Funkadelic was about creativity. I was 21 and there were no rules. The best time was when we crossed the border to Canada in cars filled with smoke – George [Clinton] had rented a big place on a lake and there were about 20 of us and we recorded ‘America Eats Its Young.’”[H/T – The Guardian]
Some 15 million Moroccans went to the polls Friday for local elections seen as a gauge of the popularity of the government of Abdelilah Benkirane a year ahead of a general election.Around 32,000 seats on local and regional bodies are in play in a vote that will offer a snapshot of the political climate, four years after the Arab Spring swept through the north African state. The 2011 protests led to concessions from King Mohammed VI, and a new constitution was issued, leading to a parliamentary vote in November of that year that brought Benkirane’s Islamist Justice and Development Party to power.Benkirane remains popular in the conservative country, despite limited success in tackling corruption, and is credited with bringing down the budget deficit to less than five percent of GDP, down from seven.But Mustapha Bakkoury, leader of the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party, has criticised Benkirane’s rule.“His priority over the last four years has been his own clan, rather than all the people of the country,” said Bakkoury, a close adviser to the king.With less than half of registered voters taking part in the election of 2011, turnout at Friday’s polls is being closely watched for an indication of the state of political transition in one of the region’s more stable countries.“In a Morocco that is learning to walk along the path of democracy, participation in elections is not a luxury; rather it is the first step along the road to building the future,” said independent daily Akhbar al-Yaoum on Thursday.