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Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 149
The Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove Collection documents the band's career and place in the go-go and hardcore punk scenes in Washington D.C. in the 1980s. Included in the collection are vinyl LPs, cassette tapes, DVDs, and audiotapes. Also included are correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other memorabilia.

Dates

  • 1980-2013

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

3.75 cubic feet; 3 boxes

Overview

The Static Disruptors was a go-go band founded in the 1980s by Craig Rosen. The Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove Collection documents the band's career and place in the go-go and hardcore punk scenes in Washington D.C. in the 1980s. Included in the collection are vinyl LPs, cassette tapes, DVDs, and audiotapes. Also included are correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other memorabilia.

Biographical / Historical

The Static Disruptors was a go-go band founded in the 1980s by Craig Rosen. Rosen grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Prior to Static Disruptors, Rosen was involved in the hardcore music scene, playing with groups such as the Rollins Band. While at Lawrence University, Rosen formed the Static Disruptors in 1980. The band relocated to Washington, D.C. shortly after it was founded and settled on creating and playing go-go music. An all-white band until after its first hit song was released, Static Disruptors learned funk and go-go from the band Mass Extinction, a local D.C. band. In 1982, the group produced their hit “D.C. Groove.” The band became the first go-go act to perform at the 9:30 Club and the first to play with a rock band at Sidwell Friends school. Rosen mixed hard rock and punk throughout his go-go sets. The group found that their music struggled to find an audience because it was too go-go for one set of fans and too hardcore for the other. The Static Disruptors dissolved after only recording one single. Rosen went on to produce and collaborate with the likes of Doug E. Fresh and the Prophecy Band. Rosen left D.C. to study film at Columbia University. The Static Disruptors reunited in 2003 for a brief concert during a reunion weekend at Lawrence University.
Title
Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove
Subtitle
An inventory of Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove at DC Public Library
Author
Finding aid prepared by DC Africana Archives Project.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the DC Public Library Special Collections Repository

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