If it ain’t one addiction, it’s another.
I put my blogging addiction on hold for a long weekend and returned to my poker-playing addiction. (Did pretty decent, too.) Even the drive to Laughlin, Nev., across vast stretches of nothing was semi-therapeutic.
My most longstanding addiction was to P-Funk music. George Clinton’s funk mob cast a spell on me 30 years ago, and I turned into a hardcore collector of anything related to Parliament-Funkadelic. (Most precious of all, a few pieces of original artwork by album-cover visionary Pedro Bell!)
This addiction culminated in a slender but potent little paperback I co-wrote with Larry Alexander, Thomas Stanley and Aris Wilson back in 1996, “George Clinton and P-Funk: An Oral History.”
I’ve got an extra copy laying around, and I’d like to give it away. (I’ll even autograph that bad boy.) So… time for another contest.
Begging the pardon of RJ Smith and Dougfp, I am disqualifying them from this particular contest. Not because they’ve each won twice already, but because I think they probably know this one.
The rest of you who want to play, just click here, listen to the track, and identify the singer.
The first person to put the singer’s name in the comments section will win the P-Funk book.
UPDATE (06/12/07): A quick winner. Cheers to Chris for identifying the singer of “Cocaine Blues” as Rev. Gary Davis, a tremendously influential blues and gospel guitarist. Want to hear more? Click here for “Cross and Evil Woman Blues.”
Both tracks – and many more by Rev. Davis – are downloadable via iTunes and eMusic. “Cocaine Blues” is from the CD “Blues & Ragtime”; “Cross and Evil Woman” is from “The Complete Early Recordings of Reverend Gary Davis.”