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King of the Queen City is the first comprehensive history of King Records, one of the most influential independent record companies in the history of American music. Founded by businessman Sydney Nathan in the mid-1940s, this small outsider record company in Cincinnati, Ohio, attracted a diverse roster of artists, including James Brown, the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by University of Illinois Press (first published 2009)
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Michael Neno
My first introduction to King Records was standing in front of the decrepit remains of King Records studio, a historical landmark which has been allowed to decay by the city of Cincinnati. The offices of a defunct record label wouldn't be that big a deal if it weren't for the fact that King Records was one of the most important and influential record labels. Brazenly cross-pollinating genres and artists of different races and styles, an argument could be made that King Records is where rock 'n R ...more
Jonathan Frankel
When I found out there had been a record company in my hometown of Cincinnati, I became intrigued. I was further intrigued when I found out that some early 50's R&B was produced there.
I got the book to explore the history of King.
First off, I did learn about the origins of King and some of its artists. But I felt that there was a fair amount of filler on minor artists that I was unfamiliar with and/or were with King only briefly. No fault of the book, I just felt that the book was a bit labo
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Tutti
I'm about halfway through this book now and I don't want it to end. It's the remarkable story of King Records, a little label in Cincinnati, Ohio with a huge legacy for American popular music. From Country, Blues and R&B to Rock and Roll, Soul and Funk, they recorded it at King. What this book needs is a companion box set.
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