This Summer Book Club Will Teach You About Go-Go in D.C.

June 7, 2019

By Scott Gelman

Go-Go is one step closer to becoming the official music of the District, and now you can learn more about the music’s history through a summer go-go book club.

Once a month this summer, the book club will meet at Solid State Books to discuss “Go-Go’s history, people, sounds, setbacks and future,” a Facebook event for the meetings said.

The book club, which the recent #DontMuteDC movement inspired, kicks off June 18 with the book “The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington DC.”

On July 18, the group will meet to chat about “Take Me Out To The Go Go: the Autobiography of Kato Hammond.” The club wraps up Aug. 15 with a discussion of “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.”

It’s free to join the book club.

The concept comes days after Council member Kenyan McDuffie introduced legislation to make go-go the official music of D.C. and months after the start of the #DontMuteDC movement, which has come to represent the battle against gentrification.

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