The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 August 2005

Remembering a man with soul

About a year ago, I wrote about Bill Moss, in his capacity as a small-time record executive in Columbus, Ohio who had issued, on his own Capsoul label, some of the more transcendent (if largely unknown outside the Midwest) soul records of the early 1970s.

Moss went from the music business into politics. As I had noted, he had served on the Columbus school board; as I had not noted, his tenure was controversial and his demeanor was fierce. His dedication to the children of the city, though, was unquestioned.

Upon Moss' death earlier this week, Columbus writer Donna Marbury put together a set of Web articles about the man, including mine — "so that he is not typecast just as a tyrannical hothead, but as a musician, journalist, activist, lover and a fighter."

As epitaphs go, that's a pretty good one.

Posted at 7:41 PM to Political Science Fiction , Tongue and Groove