Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Member George Clinton Supports Music Education: New Song Release includes Mayor Corey Booker and Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West and Mayor Corey Booker
In support of "Music Education", George Clinton, the Mother’s Hip Education Foundation and the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first High School focused on Sustainability will be hosting a special "Music Education" listening party event. George Clinton has partnered with the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, to find creative ways to develop a sustainable music education program. Using principles of sustainability, where solutions are best implemented locally, Mr. Clinton is focusing on the town of Plainfield, New Jersey, where he grew up and formed his groundbreaking group Parliament and Funkadelic.

Barack Obama Green Charter High School

The Barack Obama Green Charter School
The mission of The Barack Obama Green Charter High School also known as Obama Green is to prepare students to become informed, engaged and independent critical thinkers and to inspire leaders for sustainable development with a focus on our environment. Students have already started to reach-out to make a difference.

Two Obama Green students were selected out of 30 high school students from around the country and participated in a government sponsored watershed project in Japan; other students participated in the Nature Conservancy’s’ Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future program. Students have tweeted cotton manufacturers in China to discuss production, working conditions and economics. Obama Green also boosts the only school to have a mobile living wall. This wall is composed of
plants, an aquaponic system and live fish creating a self-sustaining system. With support from George Clinton, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and PSE&G, Obama Green is breaking new ground in developing an urban model for sustainability education.

George Clinton

George Clinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music, and was the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 along with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Parliament and Funkadelic captured 40 hit R&B singles, including No. 1 hits "Flashlight," "One Nation Under a Groove," "Aqua Boogie," and "(Not Just) Knee Deep." Clinton’s collaborators included keyboardist Bernie Worrell, guitarist Eddie Hazel, bassist Bootsy Collins, saxophonist Maceo Parker, trombonist Fred Wesley.

Dr. George Clinton and
U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Clinton has become recognized as the godfather of modern urban music. Beats, loops, and samples of P-Funk have appeared on albums by OutKast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Fishbone, and many others. As Clinton has said, "funk is the DNA of hip-hop and rap." In 1996, Clinton released the solo album The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership, which reunited him with Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins.In 1997, Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guitar Center’s Hollywood Rock Walk, and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Image Awards. In 2002, Spin voted Parliament-Funkadelic No. 6 of the 50 Greatest Bands of All Time.

Over the past decade, Clinton has continued to play sold-out shows across the globe, while a countless number of his songs have been licensed for film and television. Currently, he is compiling new and old songs for an exclusive online-only release, fighting for artist rights through the P-Funk Initiative (a bill drafted with Congressman John Conyers Jr. to protect against copyright and royalty theft), and blogging about these issues on his website,

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Member George Clinton Supports Music Education:  New Song Release includes Mayor Corey Booker and Dr. Cornel West

When: Monday February 20th, 2012
           5:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Barack Obama Green Charter High School
209 Berckman Street, Plainfield, NJ 07062

Who: George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic

What: George Clinton Promotes Music Education with New Jersey’s First High School                            Focused on Sustainability

Contact: Steven King, Co-Founder and Director of Sustainability and Programs, Barack Obama Green Charter High School, 573-8816.

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