Sly Stone

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Summer of Soul review – the best concert film ever made?
Questlove’s magnificent documentary features rediscovered footage of Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone et al in their prime

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

18, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Family life: Bomb-shelter children’s party; Sly Stone’s I Want to Take You Higher; baked bean spaghetti
Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

29, Jul, 2017 @5:44 AM

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Sly and the Family Stone – 10 of the best
From the birth of a funk superhero team to claustrophobic social comment, here are the high points in an occasionally terrifying career

Angus Batey

08, Mar, 2017 @11:41 AM

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These are the songs that never end: 10 of music's most rewarding long cuts
Father John Misty just debuted Leaving LA, a 13-minute, chorus-free track off his upcoming album. Here are the most brilliant and bewitching songs to have gotten the long-form treatment

Sam Richards

08, Feb, 2017 @3:43 PM

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We should celebrate greats like Sly Stone while they're still with us
The outpouring of grief for Prince and David Bowie was justified – but another rock and funk pioneer languishes ignored by pop culture. Let’s give him his due

Noah Berlatsky

03, May, 2016 @5:36 PM

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Family Stone co-founder Cynthia Robinson dies aged 69
The trumpeter and vocalist who teamed up with Sly Stone to produce songs such as Everyday People has died after being diagnosed with cancer

Tshepo Mokoena

25, Nov, 2015 @5:05 PM

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Potus playlist: Barack Obama shares his favorite summer tracks on Spotify
The US president freshens America’s musical palate with a survey of tried-and-true classics and discoverable new artists ranging from soul to rock to jazz

Maura Johnston

14, Aug, 2015 @8:43 PM

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The Family Stone review – feelgood funketeers do the classics justice
Though they lack the direction of their long-absent leader, the remaining Family Stone are tremendously tight

Malcolm Jack

29, Jun, 2015 @2:03 PM

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D’Angelo review – steamy soul and showbiz touches the sublime
With his echoes of Sly, Prince and Parliament, D’Angelo is back from the wilderness, and he’s sharper and stronger than before, writes Stevie Chick

Stevie Chick

22, Feb, 2015 @1:29 PM

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What we learned: North West's video misery and Blink-182's breakup saga
Our roundup of the week’s music news, from Taylor Swift’s trademarking blitz to Jeff Bridges’ spoken word album

Tshepo Mokoena

31, Jan, 2015 @8:00 AM

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The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove review – black and proud
What is funk? Unapologetic blackness – and the best damn music around, without which hip-hop would never have happened, writes Sam Wollaston

Sam Wollaston

06, Dec, 2014 @7:00 AM

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New band of the week: Silk Rhodes (No 31)
Baltimore duo offering a woozy, psych take on ’70s soul and funk, from the excellent Stones Throw label

Paul Lester

14, Nov, 2014 @12:52 PM

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