The Culture Corner: Sly and the Family Stone's 'There's A Riot Goin' On' turns 50 : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN On today's Culture Corner, World Cafe correspondent John Morrison dives into the 1971 album, exploring its songs and the unique way it combines genres.

The Culture Corner: Sly and the Family Stone's 'There's A Riot Goin' On' turns 50

The Culture Corner: Sly & The Family Stone

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Sly and the Family Stone circa 1971. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Sly and the Family Stone circa 1971.

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Playlist

  • Sly Stone, "Walking In Jesus Name"
  • Sly and the Family Stone, "Luv N' Haight"
  • Sly and the Family Stone, "Just Like a Baby"
  • Childish Gambino, "Baby Boy"
  • Sly and the Family Stone, "Family Affair"

This month, Sly and the Family Stone's 1971 album There's A Riot Goin' On turns 50. The record was a commercial success, but it was also a big shift for the band – and, it was kind of weird. World Cafe correspondent John Morrison dives into this innovative album, exploring its songs and the unique way it combines genres, from blues to psychedelic rock. And he takes a guess at what Sly might be talking about in "Family Affair." Listen in the player above.

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