In "Cue Up the Funk" in the July 13 issue, Susan Kepecs sits down with the Funky Drummer himself, Clyde Stubblefield. They discuss life in Motown and his introduction to Madison: "It was '68 or '69," she says, "and by then Motown was - well, like it was at the end of Dreamgirls, druggy and degenerate. Stubblefield didn't stay long. 'There were unbelievable wicked parties. A person could get turned around easily. You could meet up with so many dangers - I saw it all and did some of it and had fun. But I decided I needed a homier place.'" "Coming through Madison on a gig with Godfather of Soul James Brown," Kepecs continues, "Stubblefield had stopped to see his brother, who was working at downtown's long-gone Dangle Lounge. 'Nude dance clubs aren't my thing, but I met so many nice people - I liked everything about Madison.'" You can still hear Stubblefield's funky drumming; his next gig is Nov. 26 at the High Noon Saloon.
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