Inspiration

152 Nassau Street is not the first recording studio (short-term or long-term) to have been threatened with demolition. Here are some inspirational stories of cities that have worked to bring their music history back to life in the buildings where the music happened.

508 Park – Dallas, Texas

In the 1930s, a makeshift recording studio was built in the film exchange at 508 Park Avenue for field recording sessions with Robert Johnson, Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, The Light Crust Doughboys, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Lolo Cavazos, and many others. 508 Park is currently under renovation to become a community resource a with recording studio, art gallery, coffee bar, and gift shop.

Herzog Records – Cincinnati, Ohio

This studio at 811 Race Street was where Hank Williams recorded his only two sessions outside Nashville. The building now houses the Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation and a music store.

King Records – Cincinnati, Ohio

This studio at 1540 Brewster Avenue was the site of recordings by James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Ike Turner, Hank Ballard, Otis Redding, John Lee Hooker, and LaVern Baker. A historical marker was placed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and money is currently being raised to preserve the building.

Capricorn Studios – Macon, Georgia

This studio at 535 D.T. Walton Sr. Way was home to the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Delbert McClinton, the Outlaws, the Dixie Dregs, the James Montgomery Band, and many other southern rock bands. The building was threatened with demolition but now will be used by Mercer University not just as a museum, but also with recording studios, offices for arts-related non-profits, and space for small concerts.

United Sound Systems – Detroit, Michigan

This studio at 5840 Second Avenue has reopened and includes a museum. Many popular music artists have recorded there, including blues musicians like John Lee Hooker and funk bands like Funkadelic.