MISSION STATEMENT:

 

THE PHILLY SOUND ARCHIVE EXISTS TO PRESERVE

RESTORE CELEBRATE & EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT

THE VAST HISTORY OF PHILADELPHIA-MADE MUSIC,
IN ALL GENRES, FROM THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND.

 

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WE DO THIS ACROSS A BROAD ARRAY OF MEDIUMS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

RESTORING & REISSUING “LOST” PHILLY MUSIC - AMPLIFYING PHILLY’S MUSICAL HISTORY ON

SOCIAL MEDIA & OTHER DIGITAL PLATFORMS HOSTING CONCERTS, TALKS & CLASSES

PRESENTING OUR VARIOUS PHILLY MUSICAL HISTORIES IN MUSEUM-STYLE EXHIBITIONS.

OVERVIEW & CONTEXT

 

IT’S WELL-KNOWN THAT PHILADELPHIA IS A CITY RICH IN MUSICAL HISTORY — WHAT’S NOT AS WELL-KNOWN IS JUST HOW RICH, AND IN HOW MANY TYPES OF MUSIC.  THROUGH THE DECADES, PHILLY HAS BEEN A HOME BASE FOR GROUNDBREAKING ARTISTS IN GENRES THAT RANGE FROM:

GOSPEL, HAMMOND B3, SOUL, JAZZ, FUNK, SOUL, DISCO, R&B, EARLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & DOO-WOP

HARD ROCK & HEAVY METAL, HIP-HOP, PUNK & NEW WAVE, FOLK & SINGER-SONGWRITERS, AVANT-JAZZ

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

… AND SO MUCH MORE.

 

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AND THOUGH ANY NUMBER OF THESE SCENES WERE CELEBRATED LOCALLY & NATIONALLY IN THEIR TIME, THERE HAS YET TO BE AN INSTRUMENT WHICH SEEKS TO PRESERVE, ARCHIVE AND EDUCATE ANEW ABOUT THEM ALL.

 

THAT’S WHERE PHILLY SOUND ARCHIVE COMES IN. WE’RE MADE UP OF ARCHIVISTS, HISTORIANS, INDUSTRY FOLKS, JOURNALISTS, MUSICIANS, AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL — FANS…
… WHO PASSIONATELY BELIEVE THAT PHILLY HAS A STORY TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT THE POWER OF CREATIVITY AND WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PLACE.

 

THE PHILLY SOUND ARCHIVE ISN’T JUST MUSICAL HISTORY: IT’S LIVING HISTORY.