Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City
by Natalie Hopkinson
Duke University Press, 2012.
Go-Go Live explores the place of go-go within the development of Washington, D.C. since the 1970s. It is an important reference for teachers who are unfamiliar with go-go and for teachers who are seeking content on how go-go is part of a larger and international history of black music and culture. The book contains photographs and extensive excerpts from oral histories Hopkinson conducted.
Films and Online Clips
SpeakeasyDC's Crank & Groove: A Go Go Love Story, an original combination of true stories, live music, and dance about one of Washington, DC's finest and most distinct cultural legacies - go go music. Performed in September 2013 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC and partially funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Performances by Be'la Dona, Da Originalz, Patrick Washington, Nina Mercer, Christylez Bacon, Natalie Hopkinson, and Kato Hammond. Directed by Jess Solomon and produced by SpeakeasyDC Director, Amy Saidman.
Keeping Go-Go Going in a Gentrifying D.C. chronicles how go-go legends like Anwan “Big G” Glover of Backyard Band, strive to attract a new generation of fans which includes new residents of the city. Keeping the history of the music alive while combating negative stereotypes are at the core of the effort. The episode includes interviews with Glover and Backyard Band members, Buggy, Sauce, Los, and Weensey. Length: 5:42. Aired: Nov. 28, 2015. Produced by The Atlantic.