Sly and the Family Stone could be called the epitome of what the free love generation stood for – a band of mixed race & gender combining a
fusion of several music styles while creating a sound and a vibe that was all their own. The band garnered Billboard & Top 40 hits and inspired a completely new funky sound for musicians moving forward.
The band continued to make music into the 1970s until the toll of a relentless touring schedule and drugs pulled the band apart. Sly Stone recorded until the early eighties, but then drifted out of the spotlight opting for a life of seclusion with only a few appearances after that.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Sly and the Family Stone into the Hall of Fame in 1993, and a tribute performance was given in their honor at the Grammy Awards in 2006. In 2011, Sly Stone released a solo album, and in 2016 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. News broke early in 2018 that an authorized documentary on Sly Stone was in the works.
For more information on Sly and the Family Stone, you can check out their website at www.slystonemusic.com or check out one of these two books – “Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History” by Joel Selvin and “There’s A Riot Going On” by Miles Marshall Lewis.