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Nico Hobson Go-Go Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2023.055

Content Description

The Nico Hobson Go-Go Collection consists of VHS tapes, DVDs, newspaper clippings, fliers, photographs, Go-Go Globe posters, non-Globe posters, ephemera related to Go-Go music, culture and history in Washington, D.C.

Acquisition Type

Purchase

Provenance

Rodney "Nico" Hobson sold the items to the Library in September and October 2023.

Language of Description

English

Restrictions Apply

No

Dates

  • Creation: 1980 - 2013

Inventory

21 Globe posters; 58 medium-sized non-Globe posters; one large, oversized banner; 88 photographs; 100 cassette track lists; 3 composition books; 2 calendars; 3 notebooks; 5 newspaper clippings; 121 VHS tapes; 8 DVDs. Globe posters: 21 promotional posters printed on poster board for concerts/shows; 21 of the posters are roughly 22" by 34" (dimensions vary slightly), generally in good condition, but all exhibit some slight tears, small nail/tack holes in corners, and/or minor water damage, some have traces of mounting tape tears on backside of poster. One of these posters (placed at the bottom of the pile) includes profanity. Dates of shows are noted on the backside of many posters. One poster (16" by 23") (for 2013 show) is in excellent condition. The date range is 1988-2013. Non-Globe posters: 58 promotional posters for CD releases or shows/performances or radio shows. Condition is generally good, but many show slight water damage, have small holes or tears, and/or have blue tape or other adhesive on the back side. The size varies, most are approximately 14" by 20", the largest is 22" by 28". Two posters are mounted on foam core; three are laminated in plastic; one has black magic marker writing on front side; one poster (2009 calendar) housed in an envelope shows Barack and Michelle Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr. with Coretta Scott King; one poster is signed with a message by Chuck Brown. The date range is circa 1999 to 2012; most posters are undated. Photos: 88 photographs in total. Four large format color photographs on 11" by 17" paper, undated; photos are of live shows or of Nico Hobson with friend or associate. 55 4” by 6” color photos (with accompanying negatives in plastic sleeves) from concerts/shows; photos capture various performers and audience members; photos are undated and lack explanatory notes. 29 8.5” by 11” color photos of one to four people (musical performers/band members?) posing in front of Go-Go Radio Live poster Oversize Item: One 48” by 48” plastic sheet banner for GoGoRadio.com, in good condition with some wrinkles and folds. Box 1: 100 cassette track lists, arranged chronologically and in good condition. Date range is 1979 to 1998; 8 go-go DVD performances and one hip-hop (Nelly "Tip Drill") CD. Box 2: 22 VHS tapes of go-go performances and events (undated) Junkyard Band - “Ruff-It-Off” - The Video Good to Go N.E.G. Back in the Day Recording Mon 7/1 11:00pm - 2:00am GoGo Documentary Backyard @ Baltimore Metroworld Big G’s Birthday: Live DJ Flexxx M/C Aqualand Toe & Dancers M/C Demo’s Recording Master BYB @ Baltimore Van Damne Aqua LandBAD Fairlanes Aqutic Center R.E. ZCAM and Neg Band ZCAM Backyard, Youngins & 4YB Junkyard The Ruff It Off Video - Junkyard The GoGo Project BYB Pajama Jam MCTV Presents EBTV Starring The Elevation Band and featuring performances from Tupac, Snoop, Dr Dre with appearances by Ludacris, Alicia Keys, NAS, Petey Pablo, Roy Jones & Bernie Siegal - Along with exclusive underground videos Backyard Band 70’s Bash - Live at the Ibex Backyard Band Live (Ibex) - Backyard Band Live (Studio) Junkyard Band - “Ruff-It-Off” - Go-Go Video - The CLub - Live - Offstage Box 3: 35 VHS tapes of go-go performances and events (1985-1994) RE Capital Center 85 Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers Band - Ibex Club 8/21/87 “2001 & Misty - Bonus: Pleasure Band Go-Go Live at the Capital Centre 1987 - 100 min. Hot, Cold, Sweat Band & Prophecy Band - Wilma’s Park 1987 Lords of the Underground - Tupac w/Biggie Smalls, N.E.G. - Bowie State University 10/9/93 Northeast Groovers Master Tape - Va. State 10/16/93 Hechinger Mall Ziggy Demo’s 10/20/93 Northeast Groovers Master Tape 10/20/93 - Metro Club Northeast Groovers New Hampshire Motor Inn 10/30/93 N.E.G. 10/31/93 - Russell’s N.E.G. 11/3/93 - Metro Northeast Groovers 11/6/93 Master Tape - Maryland Eastern Store N.E.G. 12/3/93 - Fairlanes N.E.G. 12/8/93 - Metro N.E.G. 12/10/93 - Georgetown Visitation N.E.G. 12/15/93 - Metro Northeast Groovers Black Scorpion 12-16-93 Master Tape N.E.G. 12/17/93 - Fairlanes N.E.G. 12/17/93 - Fairlanes N.E.G. Black Scorpio 12/23/93 N.E.G. Demo’s 12/29/93 N.E.G. Black Scorpio 12/30/93 Rare Essence 12/93 - Eastside (1) Proper Utensils Band (2) Junkyard Band - Highland, Southeast 1993 - The GoGo Project N.E.G. Pool Party 93 N.E.G. Splash Party 93 / NEG Live at Ricks Rec M/C Backyard Metro 1/27/94 N.E.G. 1/29/94 - Fairlanes N.E.G. 1/29/94 - Fairlanes Southeast Sounds 2/3/94 - Backyard Band N.E.G. 2/5/94 - Champion Fitness B.Y.B. Metro - 2/17/94 Backyard Metro 2/17/94 - Tony Blunt, Mickey, Petey N.E.G. 2/23/94 - Metro Club N.E.G. Demo’s Live 2/24/94 Box 4: 34 VHS tapes of go-go performance performances and events (1994) N.E.G. 2/25/94 - Va. State N.E.G. 3/11/94 - Arburn Junk Russell’s 3/12/94 - Buggs & Moes B-day N.E.G. 3/28/94 - Champion Fitness N.E.G. 3/28/94 - Champion Fitness N.E.G. 3/31/94 - Russell’s N.E.G. 4/2/94 - Last 15 min. mess up Backyard Paragon 4/3/94 N.E.G. 4/9/94 - Sidwell H.S. N.E.G. 4/15/94 - Russell’s Backyard Oxon Hill Annex 4/16/94 N.E.G. Blk. Scorpions 4/24/94 N.E.G. 4/30/94 - Frederick Armory N.E.G. - Union Hall - 4/30/94 - Black Scora on 5/1/94 N.E.G. 5/1/94 - Bingo Hall N.E.G. 5/14/94 - Pool Party Aquatic Gardens - Bonus 2nd Cam P.U. 5/28/94 Splash Party - Fairlands Aquatic Center Backyard w/Luther & Shaka Demo’s 6/7/94 N.E.G. 6/10/94 - Odenton F.H. N.E.G. 6/11/94 - King George N.E.G. David’s 6/13/94 N.E.G. 6/18/94 - 602 Club N.E.G. 6/20/94 - David’s N.E.G. 6/20/94 - David’s N.E.G. 6/25/94 - Oxon Hill Backyard Rythm’s Master Copy 7/1/94 Junkyard at the Paragon 7/3/94 - “Wink’s B-Day” Junkyard “Wink’s B-Day” Paragon 7/3/94 - Teeny Weeny Bikini Contest N.E.G. Band - Sugar Kane Palace 7/3/94 N.E.G. 7/3/94 - Sugar Kane N.E.G. 7/5/94 - Holiday Inn Tyson’s Corner N.E.G. 7/5/94 - Holiday Inn Tyson’s Corner N.E.G. - Oxon Hill Annex 7/8/94 Box 5: 30 VHS tapes of go-go performance performances and events (1994-2002) N.E.G. - Y.M.C.A. Summer ‘94 7/16 Backyard Ibex 7/5/94 Oxon Hill Annex 7/8/94 JYB 94 Metro World - Ruff-It-Off - Go-Go Videos Malcolm X Day “94 - Anacostia Park Precise & NE Groovers - Freedom Plaza 94 M/C The Chance Video @ Barnetts 1994 Unreleased Videos - (1) Backyard Band Live (Ibex) 3/28/95 (2) Backyard Band Live (DC Armory) 3/25/95 (3) Backyard Band Live (Suitland High School) 2/3/95 Backyard 3/25/95 - DC Armory REC M/C Backyard Ibex Rec M/C 3/28/95 Northeast Groovers 3/30/95 + Method Man + Redman + Keith Murray - Arthur Ashe Center BYB at Tracks 9/22/95 - Spotlight Contest - Carlos’ B-Day JY Reunion - Dec 95 JY Reunion - Dec 95 Martins Crosswinds Backyard Ibex 2/6/96 6/22/96, 7/13/96 67M BYB 70’s Jam Ibex 7/2/96 BYB - Coolidge HS 7/3/96 Ill and Al Scratch et. al - 7/3/96, 9/2/96, 6/20/96 Junkyard Band Pool Party 1997 - Callowhill Pool - Baltimore 5/10/97 Backyard @ The Freak-Nik 4/19/98 (label shows date as “4/19/97”) BYB Masquerade Club ATL Freaknic 4/19/98 Backyard: Masquerade Club Freaknic A-T-L 4/19/98 BYB Big G Icebox 5/5/98 - B-Day Bash Backyard Band “Live at the Icebox” - Happy Birthday G - 1998 Backyard Freedom Plaza 7/31/99 Black Luv Festival M/C AquaLand - Rare Essence w/Jas Funk & Dave #32, Junkyard Band, OP Tribe & the Backyard Band 8-2000 Aqualand Freak Fest 2000 UNCALLED 4 BAND “UCB” - Jamaica, May 2001 5/1/01 Cookout Joint - DJ Mike Skyy 27 May 2001 - Zero Anniversary Cookout 3h 15m 3DB 12/31/02 (New Years) - Rolling Crest Recreation Center Backyard - Big G’s Birthday 2002 Box 6:Three gray wristbands with GoGoRadio.com printed in yellow (a bag with an additional 40-50 identical wristbands was discarded); one white 16” by 24” towel with printed logo of hip-hop group Outsidaz and Ruff Nation Records showing some yellow-brown discoloration and slight sour/vinegar odor. Box 7: One bound composition book with receipts from CD/cassette sales, dated June to September 2007; one bound composition book (“DA Beemo Song Log Book”) with titles of songs from shows dated August to December 2011; one bound composition book (“32B BillyThaKidd Midday Show Song Log Book”) with titles of songs from shows dated August to October 2011; two 1999 calendars with sales information for Nico's Tapes; one 4” by 6” postcard-type pass in plastic holder for 6th Annual Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets held December 13, 2014; one photocopy of an article from the October 4, 1996 issue of Washington City Paper taped to cardboard (was removed from a picture frame); one issue of the Washington City Paper dated January 14, 2000 (v. 20, no. 2) with a special feature on Go-Go; two Washington Post (2010 and 2013) articles on Go-Go; 4 large format color photographs on 11" by 17" paper, undated of live shows or of Nico Hobson with friend or associate; 55 4” by 6” color photos (with accompanying negatives in plastic sleeves) from concerts/shows that capture various performers and audience members but are undated and lack explanatory notes; 29 8.5” by 11” color photos of one to four people (musical performers/band members?) posing in front of Go-Go Radio Live poster.