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- Posted on Jan 28th 2010 11:13PM by Benjy Eisen
"On the eve of the Grammys that celebrate the best of our artists, we see a dark side of the music business where some of these artists are being robbed," said Stone's attorney, Robert J. Allan, in a statement.
The lawsuit claims that, in addition to diverting Stone's royalties for his own financial benefit, Jerry Goldstein, Stone's former manager, actually registered the Sly & the Family Stone name as belonging to one of his private companies and then borrowed millions of dollars against future royalties.
Meanwhile, Stone -- whose songwriting credits include many funk staples including "Everyday People," "Dance to the Music," "Family Affair," "I Want to Take You Higher," and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" -- relies on Social Security payments to get by and has reportedly been homeless at various times. The lawsuit seeks to recuperate $50 million in damages and lost royalties. In brighter news, Sly & the Family Stone are scheduled to make an extremely rare performance at this year's Coachella.