Include Bernie Worrell in the P-Funk Exhibit!
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It has been unfortunate to discover that the Smithsonian's new exhibit displaying the famous "Mothership" does not include a feature section to the great Bernie Worrell, who had just recently lost his battle with cancer. While it's a fantastic thing for the museum to honor this iconic group and their contribution to music and African American culture, focusing only on Bootsy Collins and George Clinton is ignoring one of the chief architects and musical director for the band, Dr. G Bernard Worrell, Jr. A classically trained child prodigy, Bernie was the glue that kept this revolutionary band together and through his immense musical genius he was able to push the boundaries of music.
Bernie was a pioneer in creating new sounds and textures with the Moog synthesizer, and his synth bass-lines in "Flashlight" have influenced countless musicians and producers. He added a vocabulary to music that simply didn't exist before him, and you can turn on the radio to this day and hear his mark.
All we are asking is that Bernie is given the proper credit for his contributions and to not allow them to be erased from time. His widow has graciously offered to donate a costume from a P-Funk tour. Please take the time to sign and share this petition.
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