THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL, but I’ve only seen original reporting on it so far in the Washington Post

Last week the Smithsonian announced that it had acquired the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership for its collection. It’s not the original Mothership, which debuted in 1976 and disappeared in 1982, but it’s from the same fleet — it was used on P-Funk tours in the mid-’90s. And George says it’s cool. “[The second ship] went out on the road for a long time,” he told the Post. “Nobody knew the difference!”

Read the whole Washington Post piece by Chris Richards here: http://wapo.st/ktuFO4

Here’s some vintage Parliament-Funkdadelic mothership footage, apparently from a Halloween show in Houston in 1976. Glen Goins calls down the sweet chariot.

And from Houston, 1978: P-Funk, accompanied by openers Cameo and the BarKays, see George off…

Absolute height of western civilization, right? Whatever the Smithsonian paid to get the mothership in their house couldn’t possibly have been enough.

Now for a Congressional Medal of Honor…

BONUS VIDEO!: Funkadelic 1971 studio footage…

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