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Getting out of bed on a Friday morning to go meet Jamil Rashad, better known as Boulevards, was a real challenge for me. No, not because i'm an unenthused jerk–quite the opposite. I had spent the night prior dancing and drinking plenty of Pink Babies to an undeniably groovy late night set by Jamil and his band. Worth it? Obviously. But when I bumped into Jamil on the street getting off the subway to meet him, I knew we had both had a night.
George Clinton, our nation's greatest ambassador of funk, published a memoir lately, the amazingly titled Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?, co-written by New Yorker writer Ben Greenman. On Wednesday night, Clinton descended from his mothership powered by the universal groove (or really, Tallahassee, where he lives when he's not touring) to talk about his book at the New York Public Library. The Clinton that stepped up to the podium...