Some say that what defines rock’n’roll is its ability to cross boundaries. The recording studio Syd Nathan built in a rented ice warehouse at 1540 Brewster Avenue in Evanston would come to cross all kinds of boundaries during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Some of these boundaries were musical, some were racial, and some were geographical. At the same time King was making new kinds of music, major changes were going on in the country and in the neighborhoods surrounding the studio.
Use the map below to explore some of the boundaries that King Records and Evanston residents have crossed.
Hear more stories about living in the neighborhood at the Celebrating Everyday Evanston project.