Teach the Beat!

Bringing the distinctive D.C. sound of go-go into the classroom.

Teaching for Change is honored to work with D.C.  area schools and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons and share teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes, and to bring renowned go-go performers into D.C. classrooms.

"Go-go has stayed true to time-honored cultural scripts such as live call-and-response, live instrumentation, as well as its locally rooted fashions, slang, dance, distribution and economic systems. Simply put: Go-Go never sold out. There is a grit and texture to the music that gives voice to the communities where it was created." –Natalie Hopkinson

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The Beat: Go-Go Music in Washington D.C.
by Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson, Jr.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI PRESS

Acknowledgements

Preface

Preface to 2009 Edition

Photographer's Preface by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Introductions


Chapter 1: The Roots and Emergence of Go-Go

Chapter 2: Going to a Go-Go

Chapter 3: Band Profiles

Chapter 4: Communities

Chapter 5: Entrepreneurs

Chapter 6: The Media

Chapter 7: Go-Go on Film


Afterword: Go-Go 2001

Epilogue: "Welcome to D.C.," 2009

Appendices


Glossary

D.C.'s Go-Go Bands

Interviews

Notes

Audiography

Bibliography

Index


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