George Clinton has made the world safe for funking.

George Clinton has been producing the baddest music the world has ever danced to. As impresario of a half dozen groups including Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and the Brides of Funkenstein, he has circled the globe with the funk a dozen times. He’s given us such hits as “(I Just Wanna) Testify,” “Tear the Roof Off Sucker,” “Up for the Down Stroke,” “Flashlight,” “Bop Gun” and “One Nation Under a Groove.” For the May, 1980 issue of High Times, Glenn O’Brien spoke with Clinton about why America is full of shit and whether white people got rhythm. We’re republishing the interview below on the occasion of Clinton’s birthday July 22.