We’ve been on a mission to locate the reportedly homeless funk icon Sly Stone since word broke out that he was living out of his van in Crenshaw, and after an unsuccessful attempt for an interview when we did find him, we dug up our last interview with Sly (his last radio interview on any station) on The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show a few years ago.
In part one, Sly talks about his group Sly and the Family Stone’s influence on other bands and artists, saying “it sure does feel good” to have had such an impact on soul and funk music. He also talks about living in his Bel Air mansion before becoming homeless a few years later and living across the street from the Beverly Hillbilly’s mansion.
In part two of the interview, Sly offers up his proposal to reach world peace by using music to unite all the nations in the world. He said, “I believe if I could just get access to any enemy powers — a couple of people from that country and us, and then we just get them together and just make music together, it would affect somehow…It’s had to get men to want to kill somebody when you’re harmonizing.”
He also talks about writing and recording music in his Winnebago on the road instead of in his home or studio and how he began his career in music at an early age. Listen to the full interview below!