In 1968, Sylvester "Sly" Stone, the one-time San
Francisco deejay and producer, shook the rock and soul worlds with his band
Sly and the Family Stone's ground-breaking "Dance to the Music"
...Hits poured from Sly and the Family Stone: "Everyday
People," "Stand," "I Want to Take You Higher" and
"Hot Fun in the Summertime" all lodged in the nation's consciousness
as the multiracial ensemble locked arms with the world.
It lasted nearly four years...before Sly Stone's erratic
behavior brought it all down. ...Sly had...terrible notoriety as a no-show
shortly into his superstardom.
Most notable...was the riot accompanying his 1970 nonperformance
in Chicago. ..Adding insult to insult, in 1974 Stone pulled another no-show
in D.C., sparking another near-riot.
Stoned failed to show up for about one third of his shows
in 1970. ...He continued to tour and record, but either his music lost its
appeal or the audience's interests shifted, and he rode out the '70s in
a haze of litigation, drug busts and lack of direction.