"WOOniversal Truths" by Bernie & Judie Worrell" tells Bernie's story (in short form; book to follow) as to his initial agreement/contract with george and what/how george took (stole) everyone's Artist Royalties and his "unholy alliance" with Armen Boladian that backfired on him.
When Bernie was diagnosed with the cancers and the fundraising efforts were started, some of you (justifiably) questioned “why should I donate money to him. He made lots of money from all those P-Funk albums”. Well, he did not. George stole it all and we will show what he did, not only to Bernie but to all members of original Parliament-Funkadelic.
Back to original P-Funk musicians: when Bernie and the others were approached by Holland-Dozier-Holland to do sessions for their artists, George was angry and told Bernie he “didn’t want OUR sound getting out there”. When Bernie told me this, I said “fine, then tell George to pay you the money you would have earned”. Consider this: Eddie, Tal, Billy, Tiki and Bernie were working musicians, not getting paid, stranded in another city and while there was no work upcoming from the group, they did these sessions. That’s why you hear Bernie (and others) on Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, Ruth Copeland, etc.
So, now, boys and girls, you see two instances of how Bernie and the original members of Parliament/Funkadelic were (and are) fleeced by George:
- Paying Artist Royalties then stopping – with never an explanation and to this day, not a single songwriter, musician, etc. from original P-Funk gets paid Artist Royalties on the work THEY made famous. Not a one. Not Bernie, Not Billy, Not Tiki, Not Eddie’s kid(s), not Ray Davis’ kids, Not Grady Thomas, Not Calvin Simon, Not Clarence Haskins, Not Tal – ONLY GEORGE.
So, we ask that you PLEASE stop buying P-Funk records, DVDs and CDs because nobody BUT George ever gets one red cent. Buy one and share it. Normally I would HATE that idea. People streaming and downloading for free HURTS musicians. But NOBODY has hurt these musicians more than George Clinton has (and does) cause this goes on to this very day.
That's seriously fucked up. From what I remember from the Bernie Worrell documentary, everyone pretty much got fucked over because of George's business dealings. Or something like that. I can't remember because it's been a few years since I've watched it. There's more info on the Bernie Worrell facebook page --> https://www.facebook...f=page_internal