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date: 18 November 2019

Collective bandlocked

  • Ryan R. MCNutt


A term used to describe a popular music group whose membership is fluid. Participants may vary depending on a particular performance or recording, although a collective may often be based around one or two individuals. A collective band often embraces collaboration as key to its identity, seeking to bring a communal, democratic element to its work. Its members often have successful music careers that remain independent from the band, although they may leverage their involvement in the collective to help achieve that success. The transient nature of these bands’ memberships differentiates them from such musical collaborations as supergroups, where they are generally more rigid.

Collective bands have appeared in various genres. Led by George Clinton George Clinton was an evolving group of musicians, which included Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell, that rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s blending psychedelic rock, funk, and R&B. With such rappers as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah at its core, the New York-based ...

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