A genre of music that uses upbeat rhythms, syncopated basslines and slicey guitars to create music that's good for lovin' or for dancin'.
Funk uses earthy feelings and very African polyrhythms to create a home-cooked kind of sound. It was originally the hardest form of R&B and incorporated jazz in its own way, often meandering into long jams built on a single bass
Some funk pioneers:
, whose sixties soul hits eventually moved into funk music. Brown was the least psychedelic out of the Trio of Funk Pioneers.
Sly and the Family Stone
, who, as many funk bands, began as a psychedelic soul band. Taking the extended jamminess of psychedelica and the black rhythms of soul, they pioneered a new, poppier kind of funk with their album, Stand!.
George Clinton is the last major funk pioneer, and my own personal favourite. Also known as Dr. Funkenstein and Uncle Jam, Clinton's groups Parliament and Funkadelic (and the conglomeration, th P-Funk Allstars) was perhaps the most influential of all three pioneers as they brought funk to a more mainstream audience.
Other funky artists: The Meters, The Ohio Players, Bootsy's Rubber band, The O'Jays.
Artists that were influenced by funk encompass every hip-hop star who has ever had a funky beat. Other artists that were influenced by funk include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie (remember Young Americans?), Prince, Stevie Wonder, War (primarily the song Low Rider) and The Neptunes.
That new chili peppers song is pretty good- looks like they're going back to their funkier days.