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The Funky Bass Book
New Albums

The Funky Bass Book

Backbeat Books has released The Funky Bass Book, compiled and edited by former Bass Player magazine editor Bill Leigh. The 256 page book offers a huge collection of “funked-up wisdom and inspiration”, tracing back to the pioneers of R&B, soul and funk, to the latest hop-hop, neo-soul and Gospel. The book’s forward is by Bootsy Collins. The Funky Bass Book‘s...

Larry Graham: Live Bass Solo (Graham Central Station – 1996)
Bass Videos

Larry Graham: Live Bass Solo (Graham Central Station – 1996)

Larry Graham gets down and dirty in this performance with Graham Central Station in Germany from 1996, flipping between a nasty distorted solo style and a clean funky slap with some singing mixed in. Don’t let Armageddon catch y’all sleepin’.

Bass Videos

Live Under the Sky 1985: Larry Graham and Stanley Clarke

Kevin Johnson sent me this video of bassists Larry Graham and Stanley Clarke sharing the stage at Live Under the Sky in 1985. They’re jamming to Sly & The Family Stone’s “Higher”, playing bass, singing and get the crowd really into it.

Concerts & Tours

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station to tour once again

Larry Graham is back! The original bassist for Sly & The Family Stone and pioneer of the slap-thumb method of bass playing is taking his group, Graham Central Station, back on the road. Graham Central Station was formed in 1973 and performed together until 1979. Graham re-formed Graham Central Station after Sly and the Family Stone’s induction into the Rock...

New Albums

Sly & The Family Stone: The Woodstock Experience

Sony/Legacy continues to release incredible 2-disc sets in celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, including the 50-minute performance by Sly and the Family Stone on August 16, 1969. To us, bassist Larry Graham was the anchor of this incredible performance and band, and he set the stage for a whole new generation of bassists to...

Larry Graham’s Rock School
Bass Videos

Larry Graham’s Rock School

Check out this video from an early ’80s BBC’s “Rockschool” program. Larry Graham breaks down simple (but awesome) bass lines. We love how the guitarist jumps in on cue, followed by Larry doing the same:

Larry Graham: Funk Original
Bass Videos

Larry Graham: Funk Original

The original slap bassist Larry Graham shows how it is done in today’s featured video. Once you get the slapping part down, you can add the vocals. Woooo. I like that.