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Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

When: Monday, December 03, 2012 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Knight Hall (College of Journalism) : Room 1208 (Eaton Theater)
Event Type(s): Lecture

Dr. Hopkinson, a former Washington Post reporter and editor and who now teaches journalism at Georgetown University, will discuss her recent book, which looks at Washington, D.C.'s musical culture: Go-go. Born in the inner city during the charred ruins of the 1968 race riots, Go-go generated a distinct culture and an economy of independent, almost exclusively black-owned businesses. Mapping American political and economic systems, as well as the local geography and urban history to the music, Hopkinson looks at the local fashion lines, the dance movements, the ever-shifting constellation of record stores and venues, and the fading spaces in Washington D.C. when in the 1990s, the middle class --which left the city for the suburbs in the postwar years-- began to return. The resulting gentrification drove up property values, and pushed Go-go into D.C. suburbs.

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