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  • All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

    The day of great music stores are gone, mainly thanks to digital downloads and that Wal-Mart that only sells the top 20 (BORING). With some exceptions of course, like Amoeba Music. Anyway, a documentary has been made by the son of Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks (grew up in Sacramento) about the cultural impact of Tower Records.

    My hometown Sacramento, Ca doesn't get a lot screen time and being it was the birthplace of Tower Records, I get a kick out of it...
    http://kck.st/ko9cSR
    If the video doesn't work, check out the source: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records by Colin Hanks — Kickstarter
    The Tower Records story is about a man, his company and the unprecedented economic and cultural impact it had on the music industry and people around the world. Tower Records begins with the man who created it… Russ Solomon.

    From an early age, Solomon had a special love of music, a dynamic personality and the inventiveness of a crafty entrepreneur. His first job was sweeping floors in his father’s drug store, located in the Tower Theater building, in the sleepy northern California town of Sacramento. Still a teenager, Solomon had the idea to sell discarded record singles from the counter-top jukeboxes for 5 cents a piece. His father gave him a shelf in the back of the drug store and this became the training ground for Russ Solomon, the young man, who would one day create a Billion dollar a year music empire.

    From the opening of the first Tower Records in 1960, Solomon empowered employees at each store to make the decisions necessary to help foster the local music taste. This leadership style gave each Tower outlet a great sense of individuality and to its employees a great sense of responsibility and pride, not often found within the "corporate" environment. Tower records helped lay the groundwork for what would become the modern music retail business and in the year 2000 alone, the company did over one billion dollars in business.


    From a cultural standpoint, Tower Records had a monumental impact on millions of people, worldwide. It was “the place” to escape for a few hours; a sanctuary, a haven. Tower Records was a place to meet your friends, your co-workers or a place to meet new friends who shared a common love of music, literature and all things cultural.

    Yet, in 2004 the company filed for bankruptcy and by the end of 2006, Russ Solomon's Tower Records had shut the doors to nearly every one of its worldwide outlets.
    So here is the “What, Why and How”…

    As you can tell, we are looking to finish the production on our documentary film. So far we have pooled resources and some initial seed money to get the project off the ground. We are approaching this as a passion project, and as such are dedicated to making this film as cost effective as we can. In other words, we are trying to do this grassroots.

    We hope that with a little help from you, and the Kickstarter collective, we will be able to see this project to completion. Your donation will go towards the small nuts and bolts of film-making. These monies will help pay for various production and post production costs; including things like equipment rentals, additional personnel, and travel to locations to conduct interviews.

    This will be a long process that will involve lots of time and energy but one that we are very passionate about. Our goal is for this to be a communal process, so please be a part of it! And please pass this along to friends and family, post it on your blog, twitter and Facebook pages...help us get the word out!

    You can also follow the project on Facebook and Twitter:
    Tower Records Documentary | Facebook

    http://twitter.com/#!/TowerRecordsDoc



    Video Photos Courtesy of: Karen Salomon
    Video Music Courtesy of: Three Eighty Three's and La Strada

    "All Things Must Pass" by George Harrison


    Project location: Los Angeles, CA
    Tower Records still exists today, only online and the only remaining chain of stores is over in Japan (only because the owner sold the rights to Japan). Home to the worlds largest music store...
    Last edited by JMora; 05-31-2011, 12:41 PM.

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    Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

    Wow, this is cool on a bunch of levels.

    I terribly miss visiting Tower Records stores and browsing the stacks, the video section, and the magazine rack. I fondly recall discovering exotica music at the Tower Records in Costa Mesa in the mid-90s when that genre was experiencing a revival, and I eventually bought the 2-CD album that captured my heart - The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter. I still remember listening to the track "Mozambique" at the CD listening station there and thinking "I MUST have this album!"

    I also think it's extremely cool that Colin Hanks is financing this film independently, and going this route with Kickstarter, seeking grassroots online funding from ordinary folks, rather than just doing the easy thing (for him) and borrowing the funds from his dad or getting some other kind of traditional film financing. That really says a lot about him as a filmmaker. I'm looking forward to see this film and hope he finishes it soon.

    Thanks for sharing! I joined the Facebook group and I'm going to help spread the word about this.

    (By the way, I noticed the project just got 17 more backers and about $1,000 more in funding just since I first read your post!)
    Last edited by Retrocool; 05-31-2011, 03:57 PM.

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      Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

      It's a shame, but that's the way this world is these days. Recordings are commodities, and low prices require low inventory costs.

      My Tower Records was the one on Van Nuys Blvd near Parthenia Street. Got my first Springsteen tickets there, for the April 1981 shows when he played the Sports Arena for six or so nights. The crowd that morning was awesome. We all got a raffle ticket, and the winning number got in line first, while the rest followed in order of their raffle ticket number. Good times.

      I'd also check out the two Tower Records (one for classical only) across from each other on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks.

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        Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

        Originally posted by Retrocool View Post
        Wow, this is cool on a bunch of levels.

        I terribly miss visiting Tower Records stores and browsing the stacks, the video section, and the magazine rack. I fondly recall discovering exotica music at the Tower Records in Costa Mesa in the mid-90s when that genre was experiencing a revival, and I eventually bought the 2-CD album that captured my heart - The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter. I still remember listening to the track "Mozambique" at the CD listening station there and thinking "I MUST have this album!"

        I also think it's extremely cool that Colin Hanks is financing this film independently, and going this route with Kickstarter, seeking grassroots online funding from ordinary folks, rather than just doing the easy thing (for him) and borrowing the funds from his dad or getting some other kind of traditional film financing. That really says a lot about him as a filmmaker. I'm looking forward to see this film and hope he finishes it soon.

        Thanks for sharing! I joined the Facebook group and I'm going to help spread the word about this.

        (By the way, I noticed the project just got 17 more backers and about $1,000 more in funding just since I first read your post!)
        Last edited by JMora; 05-31-2011, 08:29 PM.

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          Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

          Well, Dimple and Amoeba and other independent record stores (I enjoy one locally, Cactus Music & Record Ranch) do duplicate some, even much, of that original funky vibe that Tower engendered, but you're right, it's not quite the same as it was at Tower back in the day, and that's because the music business, and the music consumer culture, have changed rather drastically in such a short time. I think that, as a society, we're only just beginning to get over the initial shock of the digital revolution in music, and the culture of the record store is slowly but surely beginning to see a resurgence (witness the annual Record Store Day celebration, the sustained revival of vinyl records, and a burgeoning nostalgia wave for the culture as well). I actually don't think that Facebook, MySpace, and other social networks are damaging this - they're actually crucial to its success, because they can help get the word out about events a lot quicker than might have been done traditionally, and they can help foster a stronger feeling of community across a wider area.

          Yes, music is still available for free in various corners of the internet (yes, entire albums even), but the music business, as a whole, including independent labels & artists, have begun really responding to that in a great way, with more value-added items being added to CD releases. I think it's just a matter of time before we see Tower reestablish a brick & mortar store in the US again. They may never be able to rebuild the huge business they once had, but the brand does still survive, so that means that it could come back again. Stranger things have happened before!

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            Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

            Originally posted by sediment View Post
            Got my first Springsteen tickets there, for the April 1981 shows when he played the Sports Arena for six or so nights. The crowd that morning was awesome. We all got a raffle ticket, and the winning number got in line first, while the rest followed in order of their raffle ticket number. Good times.
            2nd leg of The River tour was in town August 1981 (he broke the L.A.S.A. record w/ 7 shows on the Born In The U.S.A. tour).

            Anyway I will always miss Tower Sunset because it all happened there. So many live concerts, signings, meet 'n greets, ridiculous stunts, amazing displays, celebrity shoppers, etc. Met all the original Pretenders there and missed Bruce and his blue corvette by about 20 minutes there one sunny summer day.
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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            • #7
              Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

              August makes more sense. I didn't check online or in my nostalgic ticket box for exact dates.

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                Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

                Wow! The funding goal of $50,000 is getting closer. They're up to $39,732 currently, with 42 days left to go. Not bad from $15,000 on Monday. I think they just might make it!

                I checked the progress of another Kickstarter project I'd posted about here previously, and they just reached their goal (which was the comparatively more modest $4,000) and still have 10 days left to go! So it looks like Kickstarter is a great way to finance a project!
                Last edited by Retrocool; 06-02-2011, 08:39 PM.

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                • #9
                  Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

                  I miss tower records, I will now have to travel to Japan to use my Tower Records gift certificates there.


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                  • #10
                    Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

                    Will they not honor them on their site?
                    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                      Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

                      Originally posted by ALIASd View Post
                      Will they not honor them on their site?
                      From the Tower.com website:

                      Tower Records Gift Certificate Policy
                      NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR CUSTOMERS HOLDING GIFT CERTIFICATES PURCHASED AT A FORMER TOWER RECORDS RETAIL LOCATION:

                      As of June 11, 2007, the assets of Tower.com, including the website, were sold by the bankruptcy estates of Three A's Holding, LLC and MTS, Incorporated. Those holding gift cards of Tower Records or Tower.com should make their claims to the Bankruptcy Court presiding over these bankruptcy cases. For information, you may view the court docket, In re Three A's Holdings, LLC, Bankruptcy Case No. 06-10866 (BLS) pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

                      Information may also be obtained on-line at http://www.omnimgt.com/public/files/...?cboclient=802.

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                      • #12
                        Re: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

                        Originally posted by Retrocool View Post
                        From the Tower.com website:

                        Tower Records Gift Certificate Policy
                        NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR CUSTOMERS HOLDING GIFT CERTIFICATES PURCHASED AT A FORMER TOWER RECORDS RETAIL LOCATION:

                        As of June 11, 2007, the assets of Tower.com, including the website, were sold by the bankruptcy estates of Three A's Holding, LLC and MTS, Incorporated. Those holding gift cards of Tower Records or Tower.com should make their claims to the Bankruptcy Court presiding over these bankruptcy cases. For information, you may view the court docket, In re Three A's Holdings, LLC, Bankruptcy Case No. 06-10866 (BLS) pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

                        Information may also be obtained on-line at http://www.omnimgt.com/public/files/...?cboclient=802.

                        LOL Even when Tower Records was open, the site was hardly used, much less known about to the an average Tower shopper (even to most). It always seemed liked a separate being (even among the Tower family). What was good about Tower, one can order a cd, vinyl or any product if they couldn't have find it that that particular store, and have shipped.

                        With the help of that Finder kiosk in each store, it made easy for people to find anything, so there wasn't much a recommendation to the online Tower store. I believe even today, most don't even know about Tower.com: Buy Music CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, Books, New Releases, did you? =)

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