Bootsy Collins Explains How LSD Played A Role In His Split With James Brown’s Band

first_imgBootsy 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]last_img read more

1,373 FARMERS ACROSS DONEGAL APPLY FOR NEW AGRI-ENVIRONMENT SCHEME

first_imgA total of 1373 farmers in Donegal have applied for the first tranche of GLAS funding, Ireland’s new agri-environment scheme, co funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has confirmed that 1373 farmers in Donegal have applied for the first tranche GLAS of funding and that he expects that most of these will draw close to the maximum annual payment of €5,000.Deputy Dinny McGinley and Junior Minister Joe McHugh have welcomed the news.Deputy McGinley said “I am particularly pleased to hear that the majority of farmers who have successfully applied for GLAS look set to receive close to the maximum payment. There had been concerns that only a minority of farmers could ever hope to achieve this level of payment. These concerns have been allayed. “The GLAS scheme is set to play a vital role in the protection of Donegal’s rural environment. Nationally, almost 27,000 farmers applied to join and 1373 farmers in Donegal have also applied.“It is significant that well over half of the commonages in the country, just under 2,700 have applied for GLAS. This is a major step towards the establishment of greatly enhanced management regimes for these upland areas.“The most popular element of the Scheme related to Low Input Permanent Pasture which was selected by 20,000 farmers. Protection of watercourses was another popular choice by 10,000 farmers, while large numbers also chose a variety of actions designed to protect birds, bees and bats.“Protecting the agri-environment and supporting strong, sustainable farming is key to the continued growth of the agri-food sector. GLAS will make a big difference in achieving this goal and it will provide support for farmers in doing so.”  1,373 FARMERS ACROSS DONEGAL APPLY FOR NEW AGRI-ENVIRONMENT SCHEME was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfarmersgrantslast_img read more