Bootsy Collins

King Records Exhibit Opening & Interview with HOF Inductee Bootsy Collins

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

1997 Inductee Bootsy Collins will be interviewed as part of King Records exhibit dedication & opening reception


Thursday, February 28th 7p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)


Rock Hall Library & Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland


Tickets to this event are $15 and include one drink ticket and light hors d'oeuvres at the exhibit dedication after the interview. Rock Hall members can purchase tickets starting at 10am on Wednesday, January 30. Non-members can purchase tickets starting at 10am on Thursday, January 31. Click here for tickets.


On Thursday, February 28, the Rock Hall's Library & Archives will host an official dedication of the exhibit with 1997 Inductee Bootsy Collins, who will participate in a live interview. Collins began his illustrious music career as a session player at King Records, where James Brown first heard him and recruited him into his celebrated backing band, the J.B.’s. From 1943 to 1971, King Records and its subsidiaries, including Queen, DeLuxe, and Federal, revolutionized the ways in which popular music was recorded, manufactured, distributed, and promoted. Under the leadership of 1997 Inductee Syd Nathan, King became a major independent record label, with nearly 500 singles on the R&B, country, and pop charts, and 32 songs making it to Number One. Over 20 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees recorded at King Records, including Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Dave Bartholomew, James Brown and the Famous Flames, Bootsy Collins, the “5” Royales, Little Willie John, Freddy King, and Professor Longhair. In 2008, King Records was officially designated as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame landmark. 


To kick off Black History Month, on Friday, February 1, the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives will begin hosting a traveling exhibit on the history of Cincinnati's King Records, an independent record label that was essential in the development of rock and roll. The traveling exhibit was developed by the Cincinnati nonprofit organization King Studios and will be joined by artifacts and archival items from the Rock Hall’s collections. Every Friday throughout February, the Library & Archives will be open for walk-in visitors to view the exhibit, and appointments can be made on other weekdays while the exhibit is open during the spring and summer.



The Rock Hall’s Library & Archives is located at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Tri-C. This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum.


Free parking will be available in Lots 5 and 6 of the parking garage. Metered parking spaces are also available on the street in front of the building or around the block. Signage will be posted directing visitors to the event.