Sly Stone is homeless, lives in a van in L.A. now
Ever wonder what happened to funk wunderkind Sly Stone? Well, it seems that after he made 10 albums, made millions, got arrested and dropped out of sight, he ended up living in a van in Los Angeles. Good thing the New York Post dug him up.
The 68-year-old, nee Sylvester Stewart, and his band may have made tunes like Dance to the Music, Everyday People and Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) across 10 albums through the '60s and '70s, ended up getting arested for cocaine possession a few times before performing in 1987, the last time he would appear onstage until an uneven 2006 Grammy appearance.
It seems 2009 was a bad year for him, with royalty payments stopping after he accused his manager, Jerry Goldstein for fraud, claiming he signed a bad contract with Goldstein in 1989 giving the manager control of his finances -- he ended up suing for $50 million last year. He had to move out of a rented house in 2007 and then his van in 2009. "I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home ... I must keep moving," Stone says.
He thinks The FBI is coming for him and hit men have been hired to kill him, but he still wants to work, spending lots of time recording new sounds. "My music is a format that will encourage you to have a song you won’t forget. That’s why I got so much money, that there are so many people around, and that’s why I am in court. Millions of dollars!” Stone says. “But now please tell everybody, please, to give me a job, play my music. I’m tired of all this s---, man."
[Photo: Sly at Coachella in 2010. Getty Images]