Friday, October 17, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

Oh, wow! I was just talking about this Tower Records documentary the other night. I've felt conflicted about it since the get-go when its director, Tom Hanks' son Colin, used Kickstarter to fund it -- crowdsourcing is for people who don't have Hollywood connections, idiot -- yet I was so into the topic that I couldn't bear the idea of it not getting made. I still don't see a trailer for it online, but its official Facebook page is being updated regularly, and IMDB has 2014 as the release date. Anyone know where things stand with this? How I wasn't interviewed for it is beyond me -- the world needs to know how I lost my best friend in high school when I picked up an import of the second Bananarama album at the Tower in Tempe, Ariz., that included a bonus poster not included in the domestic release. (He did eventually start speaking to me ... a few years later.)

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. "All Things Must Pass" is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon (above).

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