Monday, February 1, 2010
It's been a long, strange ride for funk pioneer Sly Stone (born "Sylvester Stewart") since the triumphal performance of Sly and the Family Stone at the Woodstock music festival in 1969. Massive international fame, critical success, cocaine, PCP, missed gigs, personal difficulties, failed relationships, a motorcycle accident, two decades as a recluse, alleged homelessness -- and now litigation.
Stone, 66, is suing longtime manager Jerry Goldstein and others for $50 million. Key parts of the complaint (here) rest on allegations that Stone's managers took advantage of the drug-addled star by leading him to sign a highly unfavorable management contract.