Sly And The Family Stone frontman says the band 'could neutralise all the different racial problems'
Sly Stone has revealed that he wants to put together a band consisting entirely of albino musicians.
Formed in 1967, Stone’s band Sly And The Family Stone are credited as America’s first major racially integrated rock group and the frontman, now 70, says he wants to assemble another band with a groundbreaking line-up.
“You know what? I’m looking for albino musicians. My feeling about it is that it could neutralise all the different racial problems,” Stone explained in an interview with The Guardian. “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.”
Continuing, Stone said of his aims for the band: “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.”
Stone released his first album in nearly two decades, ‘I’m Back! Family & Friends’, in 2011. It featured re-recorded versions of Sly And The Family Stone’s best-known songs and included guest appearances from Jeff Beck, Ray Manzarek and Bootsy Collins, among others.