Where the hell do I start with Parliament/Funkadelic?

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Going to re-read the P-Funk poll thread(s), I may be some time.

Return of the Flustered Bootle Native (Tom D.), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:59 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Pedro Bell has left us. Truly the man.

We lost the Master Mind behind the Graphic's & Artwork of Funkadelic. Mr. Pedro Bell is an American artist and illustrator best known for his elaborate cover designs and other artwork for numerous Funkadelic and George Clinton solo albums. Thxs for yr service our brother.😲🙏 pic.twitter.com/PsD8TRxlRU

— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) August 28, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 02:08 (eleven months ago) link

Aw fuck. RIP

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 02:27 (eleven months ago) link

I think my favorite cover is Hardcore Jollies... I just love all the purple and the composition is really dynamic. Absolutely idiosyncratic, one of a kind visuals that were just right for the music.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 06:25 (eleven months ago) link

Funny that I just listened to a podcast on him 2 or 3 days ago
https://www.designfreakspodcast.com/episodes/2019/2/22/pedro-bell
comes from February this year. One of a series on art5ists mainly to do with music.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 07:30 (eleven months ago) link

Pedro did something that is really rare imo, he made sitting down to listen to an album a real absorbing event. I can remember getting those mid-period Funkadelic albums, sitting down to listen to the album, and just poring over the liner notes and comic panels and hyper-detailed portraits and sleeve designs while listening, it was like entering another world for 35-40 minutes, not doing anything else. A proto-"multimedia" magic marker experience. From record to record there were references, running jokes, characters, recurring themes - a narrative. And not a narrative like today's where the focus is on the performer and their persona, but on this whole other weird alternate universe that mashed together horror movies, comic books, science fiction, blaxploitation, mysticism, conspiracy theories, African American lit, pornography, made-up slang, it's just so rich. There are not a lot of times I can recall where I would listen to an album and *not do anything else*, because it wasn't just an album, it had this whole other hyper-detailed (and funny!) aspect to it. Clinton got other guys later on that did their own version of this, but Bell was the originator and the best imo.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

Totally agree, A+ post.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 29 August 2019 11:39 (eleven months ago) link

Seconded

The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 August 2019 12:26 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

H/T to Ned for sending this to my Twitter feed:

Funkadelic LP artist Pedro Bell once told me a woman, Cathy Abel, designed the official Funkadelic logo. When I shared this years ago with folks, misogynists & non-believers thought I was making ish up. Last wknd, while looking in “El-Lay”’s P-archives, look what I found (‘72)... pic.twitter.com/DMXESax2Re

— DJ Soul Sister (@djsoulsister) October 7, 2019

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:01 (nine months ago) link

Cool.

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:06 (nine months ago) link


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