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Old 09-25-11, 11:41 AM
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Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA
By WILLEM ALKEMA and REED TUCKER

Last Updated: 5:33 AM, September 25, 2011

Posted: 2:05 AM, September 25, 2011





In his heyday, he lived at 783 Bel Air Road, a four-bedroom, 5,432-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.

The Tudor-style house was tricked out in his signature funky black, white and red color scheme. Shag carpet. Tiffany lamps in every room. A round water bed in the master bedroom. There were parties where Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Miles Davis would drop by, where Etta James would break into “At Last” by the bar.

Just four years ago, he resided in a Napa Valley house so large it could only be described as a “compound,” with a vineyard out back and multiple cars in the driveway.



SOUL SURVIVOR: Sly Stone, now 68 years old, shows he can still get funky -- brandishing a Taser for a photo session in front of his Studebaker.


"I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed hom ... I must keep moving," Stone says.
But those days are gone.

Today, Sly Stone -- one of the greatest figures in soul-music history -- is homeless, his fortune stolen by a lethal combination of excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement. He lays his head inside a white camper van ironically stamped with the words “Pleasure Way” on the side. The van is parked on a residential street in Crenshaw, the rough Los Angeles neighborhood where “Boyz n the Hood” was set. A retired couple makes sure he eats once a day, and Stone showers at their house. The couple’s son serves as his assistant and driver.

Inside the van, the former mastermind of Sly & the Family Stone, now 68, continues to record music with the help of a laptop computer.

“I like my small camper,” he says, his voice raspy with age and years of hard living. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”

Stone has been difficult to pin down for years. In the last two decades, he’s become one of music’s most enigmatic figures, bordering on reclusive. You’d be forgiven for assuming he’s dead. He rarely appears in public, and just getting him in a room requires hours or years of detective work, middlemen and, of course, making peace with the likelihood that he just won’t show up.

There was a time when Sly was difficult to escape. Stone, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, was one of the most visible, flamboyant figures of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The multiracial, multi-gender band that Stone assembled fused funk, soul and psychedelic rock and became one of the most influential acts ever. The San Fran-based group released a string of hits beginning with the 1968 album “Dance to the Music,” followed by “Everyday People,” “Family Affair,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and “Stand!”

The group’s costumes and showmanship were just as memorable. The members favored giant afros, flashy capes, Beatle boots, neon vests and leopard-print jumpsuits.



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Re: Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

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“I like my small camper,” he says, his voice raspy with age and years of hard living. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”
Seems like he is homeless by choice. Drugs and mental illness will drive you there, regardless of opportunity or money.
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Re: Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

...in a van down by the river...hot fun in the summertime!
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"there's only one thing I CAN blame, and that's the money itself. I didn't know how to spend this money. It didn't come with instructions... or a manual. I didn't realize that if you exchanged it for property or services that they would take it away for good. And that's just what they did." Josh Fenderman
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Re: Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

Sad about this. There was a period in my life when I listened to nothing else, so this is very disappointing. You gotta believe some mental issues are at play here. I just hope someone can get to him and give him some help.
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Re: Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit over unpaid royalties

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...129-story.html
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Re: Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

...aaaaand it's gone.
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Re: Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

Sly and his band absolutely destroying Woodstock with "I Wanna Take You Higher" is easily the best moment of that film and likely the entire festival. He made so much good music so quickly, assembled a unique band and was absolutely killer live. He's famous but he should be far more famous than he is.

It's still amazing to me that someone with his unbelievable talent, charisma and vision destroyed himself so completely.

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