Who Owns the (Philadelphia) Soul of Black Music?

Sony’s acquisition of a classic Philly catalog means that more soul tunes are no longer black-owned.

Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant of the O'Jays on Jan. 31, 2014, in New York City
Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant of the O'Jays on Jan. 31, 2014, in New York City Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Time Warner Cable

Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of African and African-American studies at Duke University and a fellow at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is the author of several books, including Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. Follow him on Twitter.

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