Funk legend Sly Stone living in a van
September 26th, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Funk legend Sly Stone living in a van

Sadly, Sly Stone, one of the fathers of funk music, is now homeless and living out of a van in Los Angeles, the New York Post reports.

The man behind Sly and the Family Stone calls a white van home these days. The 68-year-old’s fortune ran out thanks to financial mismanagement, substance abuse and a lavish lifestyle, he tells the paper.

The singer has accused his manager, Jerry Goldstein, of stealing his royalty payments, and sued him for fraud last year.

In 2009, Stone was forced to move into a van, and while he says he doesn’t “want to return to a fixed home,” he does want to make money and put his financial nightmare behind him.

“But now please tell everybody, please, to give me a job, play my music,” he says in the interview. “I’m tired of all this s--, man.”

Sly released an album of hits rerecorded with other artists earlier this year, and notes that he has new songs ready for release. “But, with new energy, it will feel good to step on stage,” he says.

“I see all the guys playing those old songs," he continues. "Let these guys know, like Lady Gaga, let me come in, just let me come in and pay me if you like it.”


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  1. link building services

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    September 16, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. wobblehouse1

    Hey check out a One-Take of the Funk Band" Big Sam's Funky Nation" at: http://culturecatch.com/vidcast/big-sams-funky-nation

    October 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slystonenow

    this friday 14th October sly releases his new song: SATISFIED on slystonenow dot com, are you ready? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5k4e6wSAWE

    October 12, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pliny

    He's a junkie.

    He got what he deserves.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bobbie Wilson

    What a shame. This guy was Awesome. Hot fun in the summertime is one of my all time favorite songs! Wake up Sly. Crack kills, man.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mickey '88

    Whatever. Btw I hate jewz too.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. madhater

    Retards are cool.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JR

    You know your in trouble when your agents name is Jerry Goldstein.And who would think a huge investment in CRACK could go south on you.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ms P N DC

    God will take care of things in time. You will not go out or down! You are still one of my favorites. I would come to see you almost each time you came to DC/MD! Keep your head to the sky as Earth Wind and Fire says. Lot of love and good wishes.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. michaelfury

    Sadly, Sly is not the only one who "calls a white van home":

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/as-the-crow-flies/

    September 27, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jerry

    @Bieberloser it's I Wanna Take You Higher.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bieberloser

    He took the lyrics "Let me take you higher" a bit too seriously

    September 27, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. itsallgoodnroanoke

    In a van, what is wrong with that! He does have cover and keep warm. Sleeping in a van not in the river!!!!! God bless him and his choice!

    September 27, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Meat Packer

    I HEARD @RANDOM TROLL TAKES IT UP THE A$$ LIKE THE GAY F@G THAT HE IS.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Random Troll

      Actually I'll take it in the mouth too. I'm generous like that..

      September 27, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    One thing Sly should know is Meatloaf went bust, Burt Reynolds went bust, Henry Ford went bust, and all of these guys, except Sly made it back. Sly, look at these people, they busted, but they still owned the franchise, get out and start working brother, that is what they did, and they all made it back. It all started with good managment and publicists, we have a huge country full of these people, you can be on top of the world again, but go to work.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • T-Funk

      So Sly has a computer in his van & is reading all of this? Damn that's one fly Sly van.....

      September 27, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mickey '88

    @Homeless Lady American Libraries aren't opened 'til later and I don't believe any shelter would give access for you to use a computer this early so go back playing with yourself troll.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. Papa

    Papa was a rolling stone, where ever he laid his hat was his home. And when he died, all he left us was alone.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  18. Capt

    Awe, that's sad. I know, let's give him a reality show, pay him tons of money so he can go back to buying drugs, crack, and alcohol. I suppose he must have been unaware that the name "Goldstein" is, well, you get it.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • English Corrector of Idiots

      You mean "lawyer", right? That's what I thought you meant, schmuck.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  19. Homeless lady

    Well atleast he got a van, he's lucky to have that. I'm barely making it in my cardboard box. And he wants to wine about living in a van?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  20. Wrighteous

    As Bill Cosby said many years ago.."Lots of entertainers are all about show and no business. You must know how to handle your business if you want to be successful. Unfortunately, this is a sad commentary for a lot of Black entertainers. I wish him well, but he did it to himself. This only goes to show you...education is the key to prosperity!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  21. GretchyGretch

    Poor Sly. Yes the man did his share of drugs but he also got "took", hand over fist, by record companies, sampling, etc. There is no SS, 401K of health insurance in show business like most jobs. Life and money catches up with you. Sly's a good man, with good friends who do their best to help whenever possible.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. The Måd Råp3r

    In his defense he probably got signed to a slave deal by record execs like everyone back in the day and didn't have nearly as much personal cash as you'd imagine.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ldstep

    These entertainers make a TON of money then spend it on drugs, gambling and a bunch of other crap. He was blessed with a talent and he chose to waste it. I'm not a hater but enough is enough.

    Regular folks are struggling to make it. No sympathy for the idiots.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capt

      And don't forget, he also spent it on cheap women.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Idstep. You are speaking of a world to which you have no knowledge. Many entertainers from Sly's era were managed poorly, taken advantage of, given some money to appear to live a luxurious lifestlye and all the while other's are making money off of their talents. Do some research or better yet, take a Music History class.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • cajr

      hey tim. its doesnt take a degree to figure out that sly made the deals and now must live with them. if he would have had a lawyer taking care of his contracts and an accountant managing his funds im sure he would be in a lot better position in life. read the story, the facts are he pis*** it all away. you can scream the manager fuc*** me but at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own business period.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. The Måd Råp3r

    Cocaine's a hell of a drug!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. TJ

    Sly, I hope you land back on your feet. Get back with Larry Graham and the others and go on tour!! "Everybody is a Star" is my favorite song. Stay strong!!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Evel Knievel

    If he'd lay down the pipe he might not be homeless.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Ross

    I can't believe he is living in a van down by a river.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. J A M

    D*mn man I've been thinking about lately wondering how you were,I guess not as well as I expected.As you said a lotta cats been living it up thanks to some of your joints,keep your head up now that more of us know about you it's gonna get better.Can't wait to see your big smile on stage again,God bless

    September 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. glenda

    That's what Social Security is for. That's why SS should not be connected with Wall Street.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |

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