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How the Black Panthers' Politically Charged House Band Shifted Funk Music

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When the Black Panthers needed a funk band to help galvanize the masses, the Lumpen didn't miss a beat.  (Courtesy of It's About Time Black Panther Party Legacy & Alumni)

Bay Area band The Lumpen only recorded two songs in the 1970s, but the group’s music had a lasting impact on funk. Thanks in part to its loyalty to its parent organization: The Black Panther Party.

Read Eric Arnold’s full article on The Lumpen here.

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