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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” Tony Fisher, Rare Essence’s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson (check out this interview excerpted from the Pump Me Up Catalogue), longtime Washington music writer Mark Jenkins, former D.C. Police detective Donald “Goose” Gossage, and Gangster George, a former member of the Gangster Chronicles crew.

 Recorded on March 28, 2013 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.