DC Go-Go: Ten Years Backstage (Book)

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About the Author:

An avid live music fan, Chip Py has been photographing D.C. bands of all genres for more than thirty-five years. His go-go portfolio was acquired by the People’s Archive of the D.C. Public Library in 2020, and the Washington City Paper gave him the Editor’s Choice Award for his work in 2021.


Format: Trade paperback, 208 pp.
Label: The History Press 
Year: 2022

DC represent! There’s a party over here—there’s a party over there! In go-go, the party never stops, and neither does the beat. The bands, the stars, the clubs, the spots, the sweat, the late nights and the passion are the sound of the city—all photographically captured and preserved right here.

For those who know go-go, this book is a documentary celebration. Shout yourself out with a special photographic section dedicated to the fans.

For those who don’t know, this book is a peek into that world through the lens of Chip Py. Once Chuck Brown’s photographer, his collection of images is now part of the People’s Archive at the DC Public Library.

Through these 250+ photographs, discover the District’s distinctive music, its artists, its culture and why go-go has become “the official music of Washington, DC.”

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