For a little more than four decades, Tower Records provided generations upon generations of music lovers a place to call home and could rightly claim a top position in the pre-millennial music retail business. Though heartcrushingly swept away in ensuing the digital tide (save for a few international franchises), the record store's legacy and rebellious roots are in no way forgotten. All Things Must Pass, for one, does a good deal of remembering.
The upcoming documentary fondly recalls the record store, tracing its spectacular rise to its sad demise across four decades. Interviews with founder Russ Solomon (above), ex-staff, and musicians like Dave Grohl (a one-time employee), Bruce Springsteen and Elton John paint a glorious picture of "the largest record store in the universe" where music ruled, fun was had and a ton of records were sold. For all its wide-ranging stock and knowledgeable staff, though, the retail powerhouse would eventually fall because Internet, and in retelling the store's demise, All Things Must Pass also delivers a wider narrative on the many upheavals that have beset the music retail industry. Directed by Colin Hanks, All Things Must Pass debuted at SXSW Festival earlier this year and is due in cinemas on 16 October. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=62&v=JCPYCIzSw_o