Go-Go Archive at DC Public Library

Go-Go Archive at DC Public Library

Contribute, Participate, Share and Learn

Chuck Brown

In memory of music icon Chuck Brown, the DC Public Library has established a Go-Go archive to honor, preserve, enjoy and learn from DC's original music.
See updated information about visiting the People's Archive here. Images below are representative items of the full collection - check out show flyers, ticket stubs, cassette tape and cd sleeves and listen or watch recordings of produced go-go albums, documentaries and live shows. 

Scream Static Disrupters Flyer

Chuck Brown Globe Poster

Go-Go Live VHS


Trouble Funk Static Disrupters Flyer


Rare Essence Fold Out Tape Jacket

To expand the Go-Go Archive, we are accepting materials relating to the history of Go-Go venues past and present. This includes:
  • CDs and audio recordings of Chuck Brown and other Go-Go musicians
  • flyers and posters
  • photographs
  • concert-ticket stubs
  • videos or DVDs
  • letters that describe attending a Chuck Brown/Go-Go concert
If you would like to contribute to our archive, please contact us at peoples.archive@dc.gov or call at 202-727-1213. Items donated to the archive will be reviewed by library staff. Selected items will be organized, preserved and made accessible for generations to come. By sharing your Go-Go memories, students, researchers and historians will be able to access the rich history of the archive free of charge.


The Beat

Go-Go Live

Take Me Out To The Go-Go

Pump Me Up

The Beat: Go-Go Music in Washington, D.C. Go-Go Live: the life and death of a chocolate city Take Me Out To The Go-Go: the autobiography of Kato Hammond Pump Me Up:
DC subculture of the 1980's
(reference copy only, email for appointment)


Derek Gray, Archivist

Go-Go As DC History Panel Discussion
Moderated by Marcus Dowling 

Go-Go Music on Freegal 

Good To Go

Chocolate City Go-Go

Go-Go Crankin

Anthology of Go-Go

Hashtag your Go-Go or Go-Go Archive story with #dcgogoarchive @dcpl 
Visit the Go-Go Museum and Cafe
and learn more about DC's official music