Sly Stone (of Sly and the Family Stone) has a new retrospective four-CD set coming out soon, Higher!, chronicling his career. It includes material from the beginning of his musical endeavors, when he was a local DJ, up until the mid-70s. During an interview surrounding the new release with The Guardian, Sly Stone provided a wide range of updates on his current life and music projects, telling the Guardian that he has “a few thousand new songs on his hard drive.” He also told the Guardian that he has actively been trying to assemble a new backing band comprised entirely of albino members.
“My feeling about it is that it could neutralise all the different racial problems,” he says in the interview. “To me, albinos are the most legitimate minority group of all. All races have albinos. If we all realise that we’ve all got albinos in our families, it’s going to take away from the ridiculous racial tension, if you’re black or you’re white, blah blah blah. That’s why I’ve been trying to look for albino musicians and organise a group of people that are going to be right. That’s what I’ve been rehearsing for. People will see us, all of us together – a real family, an albino family. People will get happy when they see that! People have got to be happy for that.” Read the rest of the interview here.