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Sly and the Family Stone did more than just write “Family Affair” — they lived it. On Episode 3 of The Opus: There’s a Riot Goin On, we dive into the family dynamics of the band and similar relationships throughout music history.

See, the “family” part of Sly and the Family Stone wasn’t just a clever naming convention. Family bands had long had their place in popular music, and there were actually four Stone relatives in the Family Stone: siblings Sly, vocalist/guitarist Freddie, vocalist/pianist Rose, and background singer Vet. While their tensions were nothing compared to, say, Oasis, there were clashes. That went double for the non-blood related Family members, especially during the period that birthed There’s a Riot Goin On.

In this episode of The Opus Season 17, host Jill Hopkins welcomes Summer of Soul producer Joseph Patel and music journalist/editor of Braxton Family Values Steve Huey to look at the true family affair of Sly and the Family Stone. Together, they address the Stone siblings’ place in the pantheon of relatives making music together, the pros and cons of creating and doing business with family, and why sometimes it works better than others.


Listen to the new episode above or wherever you get your podcasts, and make sure to like and subscribe to The Opus to keep up with all of Season 17.

The Opus fans can also pick up our official hoodie and T-shirt at the Consequence Shop or via the buy-now buttons below. In celebration of the Season 17, both items are on sale for 25% off! Just enter the code OPUS25 at checkout.

Original music by Tony Piazza.

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