HomeFunkSly and the Family Stone: “Higher” Carl June 18, 2012 Funk, Rock 6 Comments Sly and Family Stone, a band that electrified Woodstock, was perhaps the primary bridge between funk and rock and roll. The story is one of great talent, great intentions (listen to the lyrics) and–for a while–great success. It fell apart in the early 1970s, and Sly Stone’s comeback appears to have run out of gas. All Music has a great bio. Here are Everybody is a Star and If You Want Me to Stay introduced by Wolfman Jack on Midnight Special.