It would be much harder to understand the “-delic” in Funkadelic if guitarist Eddie Hazel weren’t such a key facet of the band’s sound. On most of its albums, but particularly its classic third, Maggot Brain, Hazel played with an innovative genius that made him a kind of link between Jimi Hendrix and Ernie Isley. The guitarist joined George Clinton in 1967, as part of the first permanent backing band for his vocal group the Parliaments—before that they’d used pickup bands while touring. Hazel was 17 at the time. By 1969 contractual issues had led Clinton to rechristen the group Funkadelic and sign with Westbound Records.