The Grooviest Online Degree: Bootsy’s Bachelor of Funk

Put a glide in your stride, a dip in your hip, and come on down to Funk University.

Bootsy Collins, a legendary bassist who played for James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, is starting an online program for bass players. Professor Bootsy’s fledgling funkateers will commence their schooling July 1.

“Wow, I just can’t keep all this funk to myself,” Bootsy explains in a video laying out his vision for the school.

According to SoulTracks, that vision got started with one message to the 370,000 people who follow Bootsy’s Twitter account: “If You Build It, They Will Funk.”

And funk they did.

Announcements of new online programs rarely get any attention, but Bootsy’s e-learning debut is going viral. Wired Campus tried to grab a piece of the four-string funk for Chronicle readers. Unfortunately, the P-Master of the Universe was unavailable for an interview.

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