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Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson, Jr. Go-Go Oral History Collection

Identifier: 230

Content Description

This collection contains transcripts of interviews conducted by Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson as part of the research for their book "The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop." The materials document the evolution of Go-Go performers and sound; as well as the cultural and political role the music plays in Washington, D.C.


  • Creation: 1988 - 1998

Conditions Governing Access

There are no known restrictions to accessing this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibly of the researcher to determine use rights.

Biographical / Historical

Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson are the authors of the book "The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop."

Lornell is an ethnomusicologist and professor at George Washington University's Corcoran School of Arts & Design.

Stephenson is a cultural and political activist in Washington, D.C., and an advocate for Go-Go music. He was the manager of the Go-Go group Experience Unlimited.


0.01 Linear feet

Language of Materials



The transcripts are arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the Library in 2002. There is no deed of gift. This collection was originally part of 101, Go-Go Collection, but was separated in July 2023.

Related Materials

101, Go-Go Music Collection
149, Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove Collection
199, Chip Py Go-Go Collection
211, Natalie Hopkinson Research Collection
225, Go-Go Museum and Café Collection
dcpl_web0026, Go-Go (Web) Archive

External Collections
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University, MS2177, Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson Washington Go-Go collection:


In 2007, a box of materials from this collection went missing. Since 2007, The People's Archive has implemented additional policies to prevent the loss of materials, including requiring patrons to place belongings in secured lockers before accessing materials, allowing patrons to access one box and view only one folder at a time, monitoring public and staff spaces where archival materials are viewed with security cameras. All archival materials are stored in spaces with locked doors and limited staff access.

A majority of the research from "The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop" is housed at George Washington University in the "Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson Washington Go-Go collection".

Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson oral history collection
An inventory of the Kip Lornell and Charles Stephenson oral history 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

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