Few bands tried to live the ideals of the 60s and 70s as wholeheartedly as Sly and the Family Stone.
They were the first multi-racial, multi-gendered, multi-genre band. Their empowering hit tracks had a massive impact on music, and on Black culture, forever:
“I am no better and neither are you/ We are the same whatever we do… we got to live together.”
Their spirit was encapsulated in this anthem of tolerance and respect.
“Mom loves the both of them/ You see, it's in the blood/ Both kids are good to mom/ Blood's thicker than the mud.”
Family can be tricky, but across difference we can come together and love each other still.
“Everybody Is A Star”
“Everybody is a star/ I can feel it when you shine on me/ I love you for who you are/ Not the one you feel you need to be.”
Sly and The Family Stone’s songs were relentlessly encouraging of individuals to just be themselves.
“You Can Make It If You Try”
“You can make it if you try/ Push a little harder/ Think a little deeper/ Don't let the plastic/ Bring you down.”
Another anthem to resilience and Black liberation - if we keep pushing, we’ll eventually reach the promised land!