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Art Mon Nov 09 2009


Today's front page of the Sun-Times features a story about Pedro Bell. He wrote many of the liner notes and drawings for George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. Sadly, he has never received any compensation for his work. Living in the "shabby" Hyde Park Arms, he is practically blind, living with a wound on his ankle that won't heal, receiving dialysis three times a week, and battling eviction orders.

His work was featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art's traveling exhibit, "Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock 'n' Roll since 1967," but other than that has received little recognition and no money for this art. His younger brother, Maillo Tsuru says, "We're just looking for collectors at this point. There's no reason a world-class artist shouldn't have patrons."

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LaShawn Williams / November 9, 2009 1:21 PM

What a fascinating story... Wow--you just never know...

Kelly Reaves / November 9, 2009 3:25 PM

Poor Bernie Worrell (immensely talented keyboardist for P-funk) is in the same boat. Who got all the money P-funk made? Did George spend it all on his hair? I just watched an amazing documentary on Worrell- check it out:

LaShawn Williams / November 9, 2009 6:01 PM

Interesting timing; the TVOne "Unsung" special on William "Bootsy" Collins, another artist tied to the Funkadelic family, aired last night

Whitney Stoepel / November 9, 2009 9:12 PM

Kelly and LaShawn-both such interesting references I didn't know about! I bet a tell-all book is right around the corner...

LaShawn Williams / November 11, 2009 10:49 PM

George Clinton was a guest on Mo'Nique's talk show 2nite--nope--no mention of Pedro Bell! LOL...

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

By Steve Prokopy

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