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Staying On The One: Bootsy Collins' Favourite LPs
Julian Marszalek , November 2nd, 2017 11:52

Bootsy Collins helped define the sound of funk, working with Parliament and James Brown, who taught him the mysterious concept of The One. In this Bakers Dozen, he talks to Julian Marszalek about those times & why he couldn't leave home without dropping acid and listening to Hendrix


The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
You've got to understand that this was around the time I was dealing with James Brown, or just before, and I was listening to this new thing, Are You Experienced?. So I had started taking LSD. I couldn't leave the house before listening to this album while tripping. And anybody else who was with me had to be tripping too!

We used to sit in this little, small room with this black light and Jimi's pictures up over the bed. We'd just sit there on the bed because there was no place for chairs and the black light had everything glowing and I had my incense going and we were listening to Jimi Hendrix. And there weren't nothing like it!

Let me tell you, Jimi Hendrix, Howlin' Wolf and Miles Davis were the three artists that I had to listen to before I left the house. Once I got my dose, I was good to go! I was fixed for three days!

It was an incredible experience and it was out of this world. It's something that I couldn't even imagine doing now. It was so deep that I don't even know how I did it back then. It was something else because you have to be guided through those kinda things; it was like a maze. It's hard to get through when you're straight but when you're tripping, you ain't even thinking about it. You don't even belong to yourself.