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After Pump Me Up inspired many of us to look back at the distinct do-it-yourself approach within Washington’s go-go and punk scenes of the 1980’s, many questions emerged about the current scene today. In advance…

Pump me up final weekend

Don’t miss out. There are just a few days left to check out “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s.” The exhibition continues through Sunday, April 7. To thank the community, we invite you to visit the Corcoran for FREE…

During the 1980s, Washington’s go-go and punk scenes adhered to different sets of cultural rules, yet both shared a staunchly DIY approach. This panel discussion, moderated by Alona Wartofsky, a former writer and editor for City Paper and The Washington Post, explored the music and gang cultures of pre-gentrification D.C. Panelists included Trouble Funk’s “Big” […]

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After selling out all SIX showings at AFI Silver Theater, The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN will have one final screening here in the District on Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. For a limited pre-sale (now through Friday at 10 a.m.), sign-up below to access…

Andre "Whiteboy" Johnson and Rare Essence, 2012. Photo by Rosina Teri Memolo.

Excerpts, from the “Pump Me Up” catalogue: an interview by Joseph Pattisall and Iley Brown.
Tony “Big Tony” Fisher is a singer and lead bassist for Trouble Funk, one of the most popular D.C. Go-Go bands. The original band…

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A 9:30 Club inspired mixtape for the day. Then, don’t miss the Bustin’ Loose panel discussion TONIGHT at 7pm.
Go-go and punk rock were very do-it-yourself. There was not a lot of radio play…

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Go-go in the alternative press- Founded in 1981, the alternative weekly Washington City Paper highlighted aspects of life in the capital city not covered in The Washington Post or other mainstream…

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The first bands to play the 9:30 Club were the Lounge Lizards and Tiny Desk Unit. People packed the small black-box room, and the show sold out. That night the club became the official breeding ground for the…

Curator's Talk With Roger Gastman

To complement Pump Me Up, graffiti historian Roger Gastman discusses the graffiti of Washington, D.C., his inspiration as a kid growing up in Bethesda and the the creation of Pump Me Up.

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So we know you want to hang out with Henry Rollins, check out some concert posters, listen to Go-Go and hardcore and reminisce on the ‘real’ DC of the 1980s. Problem is the party is way sold out…