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Chip Py Go-Go Collection

 Collection — external hard drive: DIG_00029
Identifier: 199

Content Description

The Chip Py Go-Go Collection consists of 1,900-plus individually composed and artistically rendered images of concert performances of Chuck Brown, the 'Godfather of Go-Go'; and other individuals and bands, including Rare Essence, Backyard Band, Familiar Faces, Suttle Thoughts, BE'LA DONA, and Da Mixx. The photographs were taken by Chip Py, personal photographer to Chuck Brown, between 2010 and 2020. The bulk of the collection dates from 2010-2014. The collection documents the importance of this unique music genre, which became the official music of Washington, D.C. February 19, 2020. As much as possible, each image includes the musicians' stage and given names, band names, and the date and venue of the performances. Whenever possible, band names, stage names, and venues names were taken from sources created by the performers.


  • Creation: 2010 - 2020


Biographical / Historical

A native to the D.C. area, Chip Py has been shooting the D.C. music scene since 2005 and the Go-Go scene since 2010. He became Chuck Brown's official photographer during the last year of the musician's life.


15.3 Gigabytes (1,979 files; DIG_0029)

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The Chip Py Go-Go Collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The collection was transferred to DC Public Library in 2020 by Chip Py.

Related Materials

101, Go-Go Music Collection
149, Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove Collection
211, Natalie Hopkinson Research Collection
225, Go-Go Museum and Café Collection
230: Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson oral history collection
dcpl_web0026, Go-Go (Web) Archive

Chip Py Go-Go Collection
An iventory of the Chip Py Go-Go Collection at DC Public Library
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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