Sly & the Family Stone were an American rock band from San Francisco,
California. Active from 1967 until 1983, the band was pivotal in the
development of soul, funk and psychedelia. Headed by singer,
songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and
containing a number of his family members and friends, the band was
the first major American rock band to have a multicultural lineup,
giving African-Americans, White Americans, males, and females all
roles in the band's instrumentation. In the preface of his book on the
band, For the Record: Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History, Joel
Selvin sums up the importance of Sly & the Family Stone's influences
on African-American music by stating that "there are two types of
black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly
Stone". During the early 1970s, the band switched its sound to a
grittier funk sound, which was as influential on the music industry as
their earlier work. The band began to fall apart during this period
because of drug abuse and ego clashes; as Sly Stone and his bandmates
delved deeper into drug abuse, the fortunes and reliability of the
band deteriorated, leading to its dissolution in 1975. Sly Stone
continued to record albums and tour with a new rotating lineup under
the "Sly & the Family Stone" name from 1975 until 1983.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
With Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of
Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumed the title King of Italy.
Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the first (and only) President of
the Confederate States of America.
The Empire of Japan established Manchukuo, a puppet state in
northeastern China during the Sino-Japanese War.
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Propaganda Minister, delivered the
Sportpalast speech to motivate the German people when the tide of
World War II was turning against Germany.
An arsonist in Daegu, South Korea started a fire aboard a subway
train, killing two hundred passengers.
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