The Beat: Go-go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-hop

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Billboard, 2001 - Music - 260 pages
Chronicles the birth and ongoing influence of Go Go music since its evolution in the early '70s to today. Features enthralling stories on key figures. Experience Unlimited, Chuck Brown, Little Benny and the Masters, and others.

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I loved the book. Even though I'm from DC, it open me up to a lot of things I didn't know or over looked. A lot of the biggest sellers in music sampled Go Go.


The Roots and Emergence of GoGo
Going to a GoGo
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Kip Lornell is a member of the music faculty at The George Washington University. His books include "The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C." (co-authored with Charles C. Stephenson, Jr.) and "Shreveport Sounds in Black and White" (co-edited by Tracey E. W. Laird), both published by the University Press of Mississippi. His research in American vernacular music has also resulted in the publication of over one hundred articles and record notes, record projects, and several documentary films.

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