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

Synopsis: 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.
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"tower record mart,

that's too...

"we're going to call it

tower records

"and we're going to use

shell oil company colors.

"and i'm going to design

a letter that'll stand out,

that nobody's

ever seen before."

and he literally,

drew that letter.

you know, in sacramento

there weren't very many places

for kids to hang out.

there was, like downtown,

there was places,

so it was, you know,

tower books and records

were in like this parking lot

surrounded by nothing.

and for kids in high school,

that's what you did.

you know,

you went to tower records.

it was

the beginning of the folk era,

and so we would sit

in the parking lot at tower

on our little sports cars

and play music.

so the guitar guys would come,

and the banjo guys would come,

and we'd play music

in front of the record store

and then you'd go

into the record store

and into the listening booths

and listen

to as much as you could

because you couldn't

afford to buy any records.

.p walk right in .p

.p sit right down .p

i daddy let your mind

go long... .p

there were make out sessions

in the listening booths,

people had sex

in listening booths.

we put really big lights

in there

so they'd be

as hot as possible

so that you couldn't stay

in there too long.

j do you want

to lose your mind... i

this store opened in 1961,

i was eleven years old,

it was the only place i knew.

you'd walk down the aisle

and you could just see

from the front of the store

to the back of that aisle,

just these stacks of lps.

you know, somebody came up

with that terminology,

stack 'em high and sell 'em low.

yeah, the managers

and the employees were young,

they loved music,

they were enjoying themselves.

they were having a lot of fun,

which was a good thing,

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