Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Any Other Way to Go?/Live at the Crystal Skate (Rhythm Attack)

Gene Santoro, Spin, June 1988

LIKE ITS cousin hip hop, go go is a recent product of a tangled international genealogy. When U.S. R&B and soul music rode radiowaves to Jamaica, the musicians there heard it through the ears of their own traditions and literally turned the beats around, deepened the bass, and streamlined the guitar parts and horn charts even further, creating reggae. Then when reggae's dub offshoot produced toasters who rapped over portable sound systems at parties and street gatherings and dance halls, it echoed across this country's northeastern ghettoes to yield hip hop in NY and go go in DC.

Total word count of piece: 394

Subscribe

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.