Sly Stone has had a pretty rough year. He ran afoul of the law, released a poorly-received album, and ended up living in his van. Things could be looking up, though: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is now reportedly headed to rehab.
That’s a bit of an understatement; Stone has repeatedly struggled with drug problems that have been exacerbated by a string of bad business decisions. He spent two decades in relative seclusion but has made sporadic concert appearances since 2007. In his biggest show in recent years, he put on a rambling, fractured set at Coachella 2010.
As noted, Stone (born Sylvester Stewart) is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — he was inducted as a member of Sly & the Family Stone in 1993 — and was one of the key figures to infuse traditional R&B with elements of modern funk, arena rock, and psychedelia. The brew yielded classic genre cornerstones like “Underdog,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” and “Family Affair.”
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