Jul 2014 05


The final Chuck Brown album entitled “Beautiful Life”, consisting of Chuck himself & The Chuck Brown Band, is scheduled to be released on August 19th. But pre-orders can be made now at Pledge Music!

In late 2011, Chuck Brown began recording what is now his final musical gift to his fans: Beautiful Life. It was a reflective period for the Godfather of Go Go as he looked back on his incredible journey and the peaks and valleys of his life, never forgetting where he came from and never taking a day or a fan for granted. There will never be another Chuck Brown, but this is your chance to own the final Chuck Brown album, containing new songs by Chuck, and 3 new songs by the amazing Chuck Brown Band, who continue to carry the torch, and with their contributions to this album, shine a bright light for the future of the Go-Go groove and funky beat that Chuck created.

This is some of his of most accomplished work to date, including special guest appearances by Wale, Faith Evans, Raheem DeVaughn, Sugar Bear and others . His fans meant the world to Chuck and that is why we’ve invited you here: to be a special part of Chuck’s final release of new material.

You will be able to pre-order the new album as well as other unique items from Chuck’s vault. By pre-ordering, you’ll also be able to access exclusive updates that will be unveiled over the coming weeks featuring rarities, unreleased video and behind-the-scenes pics.



Jul 2014 05


The L!ssen Reunion that took place at the historical Howard Theatre is scheduled to be released as a full combination DVD and2 CD set this month on Tuesday, July 15th.

The track listing consists of:

Instrumental Intro (Band Entrance), Kwick Intro, Pusher Lover Girl, Tom Ford, Drunk In Love, Southeast Pocket, Can’t Nobody, Fiesta, Ain’t No Love, Mary Jane, Just My Imagination, Ignition, Whip Appeal, Ex-Factor, All Night Long, Never Too Much, On & On, PSA (Intro Only), Dirt Off Your Shoulders, My Name Is Scooby, Sunshine, Danger, Uh Oh, and Lock It.


Jun 2014 25


Marc Cary came up playing in go-go bands in DC during the 1980s, when he was a founding member of the Hi Integrity Band. He played alongside leading lights of the city, people like Iceberg Slim and Meshell Ndegeocello. Meanwhile, he showed amazing amounts of natural talent early on, and a number of the city’s jazz musicians took him under their wing. When Dizzy Gillespie heard a teenage Cary play in the Blues Alley youth band one day, he told the kid he should move to New York.

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Jun 2014 25


By Eriq Gardner

George Clinton won’t be able to stop a court-appointed receiver from selling “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Hardcore Jollies,” “Uncle Jam Wants You” and “The Electric Spanking of War Babies.” On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling authorizing the sale of the master sound recording copyrights to satisfy a debt owed to Hendricks & Lewis, the funk pioneer’s former law firm. Although the appellate court’s opinion (read here) specifically addresses Clinton’s situation, it touches upon a controversial copyright topic—works made-for-hire—that will likely have music industry lawyers examining closely.

Throughout the years, Clinton has been waging a legal war against those he believes have forged various agreements and denied him control over both his song rights and the ability to sue over them. His attention of late has focused on Hendricks & Lewis, which represented Clinton between 2005 and 2008 in an effort to pursue RICO actions and other claims against those he once did business with.

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Jun 2014 13


As we continue to usher in new generations of this Go-Go culture, one of the biggest things that I am finding the need of is maintaining historical facts of the beginning to now, but also the beginnings of the beginning. Because truth be told, the old cliche is true: You can’t really get a full understand of where you’re going if you don’t even know where you’ve been. Just think about that one for a minute.

In other words, even before the creation of Go-Go, DC has always been a live music town… full of live bands. To take it even further, that fact that it has always been a live music town is without a doubt one of the biggest reasons of how Go-Go was created in the first place. It was destined to happen. A genre that basically took on a form of its own. And the form that it had become, and continues to become, bases on many aspects of the culture as a whole.

This is why from time to time we like to do these Q&A sessions from the actual artist and musicians who have walked the walk. Because each and every story pieces together the entire story as a whole. And this particular Q&A session is now exception.

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