Get Prince on the phone, asap...
Drugs are Baaaaaaad. Sly was even mentioned in Slash's book sneaking into Duff's apartment to smoke rocks if memory serves me correctly.
I think the other thing with Sly is just the time period that he came to prominence, as well as a background I'm guessing was devoid of entertainment managers and attorneys(join the club). Dude was at Woodstock and probably fully bought into that "money will degrade my art" shtick that I have heard. I read an article in this same vein a while ago about another brother who was at Woodstock, Richie Havens...http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/investing/20020723a.asp
The crazy thing is I never hear people say "Yesterday is a great song, but it would be even better if Paul McCartney was living under a bridge..." The song is the song.
^^^ thaks for the update. Sounds reasonable about staying in a car and just moving.
If you want me to stay, I'll be around the way...
Seriously, I wonder if Prince is up this and wanted to reach out. He signed Chaka Khan, ex-Sly bassist Larry Graham, Mavis Staples and others so an unappreciated legend like Sly seems a perfect fit. It's possible Prince has asked and Sly turned him down for whatever variety of reasons, but I'm just curious. And a new Sly album? It's guaranteed to sell even if it's not all that (which I somehow doubt, even his choppiest tracks since the 80's still sound good).
Shoot, Sly recorded "Crazay" with Jesse Johnson back in the day, "Funk Gets Stronger" with Funkadelic, played keys on Bill Laswell's "Tell The World" and Tony Maiden, co-founder & lead guitarist of Rufus, toured with Sly just last year in the US and Asia (obvious I'm a fan, right?).
What's the deal?
Given him being out of the public eye, supposedly by his own choice, all those many prior years/decades, Daoud, it might be a bit of both. There might be those who'd reach out to him from the industry but because of what others would say about Sly to them, they might be wary that he'd even talk with them. And then you're right about someone actively reaching out to him and him turning them away, especially if it was during a period of being high on whatever he might have been taking.
There was a well respected very talented jazz saxophonist from my father's generation (he actually took lessons from him when he was young) that is living on the streets around the Seattle area for decades now, and he told some people close to him, he'd just sort of given up and gotten away from everybody, because he experienced a lot of bitterness and anger at some folks in the music industry who'd disrespected him in some way back in the late 60's or so, and it totall disenchanted him with wanting anything to do with anyone. And this was according to some of the other musicians who'd known him back then, as well as from his own words a few years ago during some interviews.
That whole story reminds me of Sly Stone. Who knows if that plays a part , and exacerbated by stuff in your system that isn't good for you? Lots of regular folks succumb to that combination and the only reason we are paying more attention to this is because this is a celebrity from our generation. Ya know?