All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass

DVD - 2015
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Chronicles the rise and fall of Tower Records, from the opening of its flagship store in Sacramento, California in 1960, to its evolution into an international retail chain and bankruptsy in 2006. Owner Russ Solomon and various store employees discuss Tower's unique approach to selling recorded music.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : FilmRise, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 381.4578 ALL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches


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Feb 11, 2019

Those of us of a certain age remember when vinyl was king, and what a thrill it was to go to the record store and pick up the latest 45 or LP by your fave rave, or just hang around happily browsing through endless racks of music. In its day Tower Records became a major player in the music business, from its humble beginnings in Sacramento to multi-million dollar international influence in the 1980s. Interviews with the founding players tell the story of how it all came to pass, with the glory days of rockstars just happening to pop into the Sunset Strip location to browse, to the sudden shift with the introduction of the CD, and finally when it all came tumbling down. An enjoyable nostalgic look back at a former icon.

Jul 11, 2018

Good documentary about Tower Records. Interviews the man who created the business Russ Solomon and others who worked there. Several musicians provide commentary; Dave Grohl (Nirvana) worked at a Tower in Washington DC, Elton John did all of his vinyl shopping early Tuesday mornings, Bruce Springsteen comments he knew how well his band was doing by looking at his record display at Tower. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion by 2006 the company filed for bankruptcy. Insightful look at the record business and at business practices in general of that era. The record business dropped off substantially after the disco era (1970s) but boomed once again after MTV. The format of records changed over the years from vinyl to compact disc to online versions. One person talks about Napster and how it was affecting the business. Someone else talks about how people now had an option of buying ‘songs or tracks’ instead of whole albums. I vividly remember Tower Records. They had a huge store on lower Queen Anne in Seattle, as well as another branch on the Ave in the U District and also a store on NE 8th in Bellevue. If you wanted music in those days, you went to Tower Records

Aug 22, 2017

Oh, yeah! For you music lovers, a short journey back in time to the golden age of vinyl and the rise and fall off an empire and dream.

hershyd Feb 28, 2017

I really enjoyed the nostalgia of this documentary. Thumbing through those files of 45's in the Tower Store was akin to the Library back then and looking for books in the card catalogue. A wonderful way to spend n afternoon.

Feb 23, 2017

This documentary chronicling the rise and fall of Tower Records was directed by Colin Hanks. I recommend it for people who love music and shopping for music. Business owners/managers in retail and other industries may also take away some lessons on what to do and what not to do.

biblioanna Feb 22, 2017

Great interviews and footage with Elton John. If you like this, you'll love Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper.

Jan 28, 2017

I spent hours at a time in Tower Records in California for nearly two decades. I love music. No Music, No Life. The people interviewed in this documentary gave their lives to Tower not for a paycheck, but because they loved what they did. It is an emotional roller coaster to watch their comments near the end. If you've never loved a job in your life, it will be difficult for you to relate. If you have, you'll be in tears. Not what you'd expect from a documentary about a retail store. Five stars.

Dec 21, 2016

A good, enjoyable documentary on the rise and fall of the tangible music industry. Tower was always fun to visit but always too expensive and it got them in the end. I am currently awaiting a similar demise for stores like Silver Platters and Easy Street records. An era has come and gone ... live it up while you can. And buy used CDS and albums!

Dec 06, 2016

I never went to a Tower record store, but I've bought a ton of vinyl and cds in my day. Interesting documentary about how our music vehicles have changed over time. Pair this with the fascinating series, Soundbreaking, for a full picture of the last fifty years in music peddling.

Oct 15, 2016

Good documentary on the start and demise of Tower record.

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