Image source: Tower Records Project
When it comes to singing the praises of All Things Must Pass, the 2015 film detailing “The Rise and Fall of Tower Records”– I simply can’t stop! When I saw the trailer more than one year ago, I vowed to track the progress of the film until its release. Even in a short two minutes, the sneak peek captures the unique essence of Tower Records. Direct from the lips of rock legends and founding staff members alike, All Things Must Pass has a very special story to tell.
Do yourself a favor and watch the trailer here!
The mere mention of Tower Records causes me to beam with pride because Sacramento is home for me… and also the home of Tower Records! In fact, the area recently rebranded as the Tower District is a large part of my community. This neighborhood, centered around the historic Tower Theater, is home to many popular restaurants, bars and of course movies!
Lucky me, I had an opportunity to catch the first Saturday matinee of the Tower doc with my girlfriends… in the Tower Theatre… next door to Tower’s first record store; the seedling that would eventually sprout into a global phenomenon!
The film left us with a glow of nostalgia as it lead us along the pathway of Tower’s rise from an inspired idea to a world wide explosion of culture from everywhere from Portland, Oregon to Shibuya, Japan. I was particularly enthralled with the mystique of one store in particular, however–Los Angeles. Tower on the Sunset Strip.
With legends ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Brian Wilson scouring aisle after aisle of Tower’s unrivaled inventory (it’s rumored Wilson once showed up in his bathrobe!), the film showcased Tower Sunset as the center of the musical universe. And with Bruce Springsteen and Elton John attesting to this very fact in All Things Must Pass, who are any of us to disagree?
Watch as a camera follows Elton John on one of his many infamous shopping sprees at Tower Sunset.
…And if your heart can stand, it check out John Lennon’s amazingly dizzy commercial for Tower Sunset in which he called it “the largest record store in the known universe!”
Lennon was right about that! In 1974, the Guinness Book of World Records named Tower Records Sunset the world’s largest record store.
During it’s nearly 35 year reign, Tower Sunset was magic. Pure magic. Peep a few more of the store’s remarkable highlights on the timeline I made just for you 🙂
All Things Must Pass is now playing in theaters and is available for download on iTunes.