EMI Music Publishing has signed a long-term administration deal with Bootsy Collins.
Collins - the star funk musician and songwriter who was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 - has been at the center of the funk movement, first as a member of James Brown's backing band before joining George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic in 1972.
He launched Bootsy's Rubber Band as a spin-off of P-Funk in 1976, and has co-written a string of R&B chart hits including 'I'd Rather Be With You', 'Flash Light', 'Stretchin' Out (In A Rubber Band)', 'The Pinocchio Theory' and 'Bootzilla'.
"To work with Bootsy is something music publishers dream of," EMI Music Publishing president of West Coast creative Big Jon Platt said in a statement. "His work, whether with his own bands or with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, continues to inspire and impact music in exciting and powerful ways. We are honored to help make sure the force and influence of Bootsy's music remains in the forefront of music culture."
Besides being a member of Brown's band and Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins has released six Bootsy's Rubber Band albums, and recorded with other artists including Herbie Hancock, Keith Richards, Cyndi Lauper and Afrika Bambaataa, and Dee-Lite.
"All it took was Big Jon at EMI, to say we want the funk, because we ain't shy, we ain't fakin' and we ain't ashamed," Collins said in a statement. "It's time, 2009, time to go back to the strong brew, that's one of a kind, the only music publishing institution that's as strong as moonshine, and smooth like vintage wine. If this is what it takes then I have committed the crime, yeah I signed, and we gone blow the music world's funkin' mind." He added, "This is our chance to dance and raise the bar for the rest of these muthas that's fakin' in the game. I am so glad and happy EMI chose me, we got a black President and now you got the Pee!"