About Bootsy Collins
Rising to prominence with James Brown in the late 1960s, and with Parliament-Funkadelic in the ’70s, Bootsy Collins’s driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Bootsy formed his first band, The Pacemakers, in 1968. In March 1970 the band was hired as James Brown’s backing band, the original J.B.’s. The original J.B.’s played on some of Brown’s most intense funk recordings, including “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad,” and “Soul Power.”
Bootsy joined up with George Clinton in 1972, and played bass on most of Funkadelic and Parliament’s albums through 1980, garnering several songwriting credits as well. In 1976 Bootsy, formed Bootsy’s Rubber Band, a separate touring unit of Clinton’s P-Funk collective.
In July 2010, Bootsy teamed up with Scene Four to launch the very first online bass guitar school, Bootsy Collin’s Funk University, or Funk U, will offer intermediate and advanced classes in bass guitar.
Funk U is a collaboration with Stanley Clark, John B. Williams, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, Freekbass, George Clinton, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Dennis Chambers, TM. Stevens, Divinity Roxxs, Les Claypool, Steve Bailey, Thee Ram Jam, Norwood Fisher, and Dave Burnett. Click here for more information about Funk University.
In October 2010 Bootsy was awarded a Bass Player Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.
In June 2011, Bootsy played at the 10th Annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.
We are proud to be the official merchandiser for the Bootsy Collins miniature guitar replicas. For more information about this Axe Heaven Exclusive Artist, visit Bootsy’s official web site. (opens in new window)
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