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Queen City Kings Film Screening

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Queen City Kings (2018, NR, 52 minutes)

Tuesday, June 11

Foster Theater, 1:00pm – 5:30pm (52 minute film will play on loop during this time)

Queen City Kings is the untold story of the independent King Records label of Cincinnati, Ohio and its irascible owner, Syd Nathan. From the first King recordings of Merle Travis (made in secret to dodge radio contracts) to signing Soul Brother No. 1, James Brown, follow the unlikely story of an unlikely motley crew as they make music history fusing race, hillbilly, and jazz into the modern styles of R&B, Bluegrass, Soul, Funk, and Rock & Roll we know today. Discover what makes King Records unique and why so many people claim Cincinnati to be the birthplace of Rock and Roll!


This film is free with museum admission, purchase tickets here.


Related exhibit now open at the Rock Hall's Library & Archives (2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland OH): King Records: 30 Years that Changed American Music 1943-1971

This traveling exhibit on the history of King Records was developed to tell the unique story of this influential company beyond its home of Cincinnati. 

The Library & Archives will be free and open without an appointment for visitors to view the exhibit 9AM - 5PM every Friday throughout the exhibit.  If you wish to visit a different day of the week, please contact us to make an appointment at [email protected].