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JD Salinger in Funky Town

by Lady Glock

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So in today's Washington Post Style section, there is a huge article about Sly Stone. Apparently there is rumor that he may be making a surprise appearance at the Grammy's. This would be his first major public appearance since 1992 or 1993.

Stone, who brought us such classics as “I Want To Take You Higher”, “Family Affair” and “Everyday People.” Has managed to remain out of touch not only with the media (to whom he stopped talking to in 1987), but his friends and family as well. Rumors of his existance range from him living in a California mansion, to living on the streets. A lot of people even thought he was dead (I know I did). Some kept the faith though: You can buy Sly Stone Lives! T-Shirts on some fanbased websites.

Having dealt with a serious cocaine addiction all his life, it's amazing that Stone is still around. He's apparently been writing and recording this whole time, but everything he's recorded, Sly Stone himself has erased. The man is a genuinely, legendary eccentric.

One thing is for sure though. There is going to be a Sly and the Family Stone tribute at the Grammy's, featuring John Legend, Maroon 5, will i. am of the Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and others.

The Post article says that the tribute album on which all these aforementioned artists appear will be released the day before the Grammy's. Amazon is also saying this album will be released on February 7th. Unless they are releasing a new one, I was under the impression that the album was already released. I mean I see it in almost every Starbucks I go into. And I know I bought it. (In case y'all missed it, you should go check it out. Cause it's a pretty good tribute album.)

Note: After some comparison, I found that it is indeed a different album. BUT it's got some of the same songs on it as the one that is being sold in Starbucks. And the cover is the same…just a different color.