Washingtonians Remember the Godfather of Go-Go Music

Afro | 8/17/2017 | Staff
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The love and respect Washingtonians continue to have for legendary Go-Go artist and founder Chuck Brown shows most in the indelible footprint of his music and mentorship on both the music industry and the city. In celebration of the 3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day, which is scheduled for Aug. 19, the D.C. Public Library hosted a series of workshops and screenings, including the panel discussion, “Go-Go, As D.C. History,” where lovers of his sound gathered to remember his artistry.

Held Aug. 15 at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library in Northeast D.C., music journalist Marcus Dowling moderated the panel that explored five iconic Go-Go songs and the role Chuck Brown played in expanding the genre, connecting communities and inspiring new Go-Go artists.

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In support of the D.C. Public Library’s mission to collect, preserve and provide access to materials that document the history and culture of the district, the Chuck Brown/Go-Go music archive was established in 2012. This archive aims to tell Brown’s story, the story of Go-Go and the impact both had on American music.

“We have to keep ‘true’ D.C. history — which is the people, the music, the stuff that is disappearing out of each neighborhood – alive. And for many Black people, Chuck Brown was the ambassador of a good time,” Abraham Sully, one of the audience members told the AFRO. “We were fighting for the respect of decent jobs, housing, voting rights, and schools, so when we laid claim to people, like Chuck Brown, we held on for dear life.”


Dowling said that by discussing Chuck...
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