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Go-Go Museum and Café Collection

 Collection — external hard drive: DIG_00030
Identifier: 225

Content Description

The Go-Go Museum & Café and partners collected 11 oral histories, produced two go-go concerts, and organized a major conference on go-go: “Go-Go Preservation Week 2021” in collaboration with the Traditional Arts DC project at Howard University. The Go-Go-Preservation Week panel discussions, concerts, and oral history collections.


  • Creation: 2021


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to accessing this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no known restrictions to use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Go-Go Museum and Café is the culmination of decades of advocacy by musicians, scholars, and organizers. When cultural activist Ronald "Moe" Moten called for funding a Go-Go museum on January 6, 2020, hundreds of supporters contributed to an online crowdsourcing campaign to make the Museum a reality. Local radio station WPGC 95.5 hosted a 12-hour Go-Go radiothon at the Central Communications/MetroPCS store at the center of the DON'T MUTE DC movement that began in 2019 in the Shaw neighborhood.

The Go-Go Museum and Café provides a foundational introduction to Go-Go music and culture, a mix of funk, R and B, hip-hop, and Afro-Latin rhythms created in the 1970s by "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown and his Washington D.C. fans. The mission of the Museum is to document, preserve, and innovate Go-Go music. The Museum hosts live music and exhibitions in Southeast Washington, D.C., online, and off-site.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Custodial History

This collection was transferred to The People's Archive in June 2022.

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dcpl_web0026, Go-Go (Web) Archive

Go-Go Museum and Café Collection
An inventory of the Go-Go Museum and Café Collection at DC Public Library
Laura Farley
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Repository Details

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

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001