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Go-go, funk rock, and more.
Origins: 1960s.


  • Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One by Rickey Vincent, 1996.

  • Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman by Fred Wesley, 2002.

  • Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On by Miles Marshall Lewis, 33 1/3 Series, 2006.

  • Presence and Pleasure: The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament by Anne Danielsen, 2006.

  • I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone by Jeff Kaliss, 2008.

  • The Funk Era and Beyond: New Perspectives on Black Popular Culture by Tony Bolden, 2008.

  • The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. by Kip Lornell, Charles C. Stephenson Jr., 2009.

  • Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City by Natalie Hopkinson, 2012.

  • Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You? A Memoir by George Clinton, 2014.

  • Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound by Andrea Swensson, 2017.

  • There Was a Time: James Brown, The Chitlin’ Circuit, and Me by Alan Leeds, 2017.

  • Groove Theory: The Blues Foundation of Funk by Tony Bolden, 2020.

  • D’Angelo’s Voodoo by Faith Pennick, 33 1/3 Series, 2020.

  • 24-Carat Black's Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth by Zach Schonfeld, 33 1/3 Series, 2020.


  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown, dir. Paul Justman, 2002. 1h 56m.

  • Wheedle's Groove, dir. Jennifer Maas, 2009. 1h 26m.

  • Thunder Soul, dir. Mark Landsman, 2010. 1h 24m.

  • Finding the Funk, dir. Nelson George, 2013. 1h 30m.

  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, dir. Alex Gibney, 2014. 2h 10m.

  • Get on Up, dir. Tate Taylor, 2014. 2h 19m.

  • The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove, dir. James Hale, 2014. 1h.

  • Betty – They Say I’m Different, dir. Philip Cox, 2017. 55m.

  • “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus” Season 2, 2018. 30m Episodes.

  • Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, dir. Sacha Jenkins, 2021. 1h 51m.


  • Belief in Lyric” by Aldon Nielsen, The American Studies Journal, Vol. 52 No. 4, 2013.