WATCH: George Clinton Has Some Words for the Young in the John Lennon Tour Bus “PERSPECTIVE” Series

“I’ve been places where I never thought my life would go.”

For many, SXSW is a launching pad—just a place to spitball against the rolling tides of the industry, hoping to catch the right wave in order to end up in a place where they’re not surviving on burritos and good will. But for many others, though, the city of Austin in March is something of a landing place—a Valhalla for successfully battling their way through the (often) hard life of being an artist.

George Clinton was one such warrior this past month, and was on-hand this past month to share some wisdom for those lucky enough to hang with him. At one point, his travels brought him to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, where he was interviewed for a new installment of PERSPECTIVE—a series that invites students (in this case, David Venish, Kara Barfield, and Jordan DeStefano) to put together a short film about a subject and their life experience. And when your subject is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with more than fifty years in the industry, you’re definitely in good hands. But if you’re wondering: No, Clinton does not explain when he cut the dreads. Some mysteries are best left unanswered.

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