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.
To schedule an appointment to visit the Go-Go Archive, email archives.dcpl@dc.gov or call 202-727-2272. 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 Chuck Brown Go-Go Archive at DC Public Library, we are accepting materials relating to Chuck Brown, recordings of the music he loved, cultural ephemera integral to the musical genre, and traces or 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; and
  • letters that describe attending a Chuck Brown/Go-Go concert.
If you would like to contribute to our archive, please contact us at archives.dcpl@dc.gov or call at 202-727-2272. 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 and Chuck Brown memories with the DC Public Library's Go-Go Archive, 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 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