Natalie Hopkinson - Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

FRI, SEP 28, 2012 (52:02)

Contributing editor to TheRoot.com Natalie Hopkinson discusses her new book, "Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City." Presented by Harvard Book Store and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute. Go-go is the conga drum--inflected black popular music that emerged in Washington, D.C., during the 1970s. The guitarist Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," created the music by mixing sounds borrowed from church and the blues with the funk and flavor that he picked up playing for a local Latino band. Born in the inner city, amid the charred ruins of the 1968 race riots, go-go generated a distinct culture and an economy of independent, almost exclusively black-owned businesses that sold tickets to shows and recordings of live go-gos. Here, Hopkinson discusses her social history of black Washington, D.C. told through its go-go music and culture.

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