A former colleague of mine has a sandwich on his wall with a bite taken out of it.
To the casual onlooker, it's weird. For him, it's the ultimate piece of music memorabilia. Better than an autograph, splintered guitar neck or piece of concert-worn clothing, this collectible is laced with DNA. So when funk icon George Clinton -- now in his 70s but still performing with unbridled vigor and zest -- eventually returns to the mothership in the sky, he can be cloned.
The clones of Dr. Funkenstein will then walk the Earth as one nation under a groove, and funk will go on forever -- just as it always has for Clinton.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic is scheduled to perform Friday, May 25, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.