George Clinton and Berklee president Roger Brown celebrate the Clinton’s honorary degree. (Handout)
George Clinton and Berklee president Roger Brown celebrate the Clinton’s honorary degree. (Handout)

The first name in funk, George Clinton, received an honorary degree from the folks at Berklee this week. The college celebrated the occasion — the culmination of Clinton’s four-day residency at the school — with a performance by Berklee’s P-Funk Ensemble. Afterward, Clinton, the mastermind behind Parliament and Funkadelic, traded his doctoral robes for a silver suit and joined students on “Testify,” “Give Up the Funk,” and “One Nation Under a Groove,” among other P-Funk hits. Clinton was then accompanied by longtime horn players Bennie Cowan and Greg Thomas, and several other members of his current band for a career-spanning, sold-out show.

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