Hot Chocolate City
The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City
by Natalie Hopkinson
Duke University Press Books
$22.95 List Price
Singer and guitarist Chuck Brown invented go-go music in mid-’70s Washington, DC; it was an infectious blend of funk, Latin rhythms, and audience call-and-response that became the sound of African-American DC for decades. By the time of Brown’s death in May at age seventy-five, he had become the undisputed godfather of the genre, and a civic icon, even though go-go never found much of an audience outside the capital city.